BARNSLEY boss Keith Hill has revealed it will be “highly unlikely” that David Flitcroft leaves the club to become the new Rochdale manager.
Hill and Flitcroft did a commendable job at Spotland before taking over the managerial reigns at Oakwell in the summer.
But with Steve Eyre having been sacked as Rochdale’s boss with the club languishing third from bottom in League One, Flitcroft has been touted as a potential saviour.
Speaking exclusively to The Star Hill said: “I’m led to believe that Rochdale would welcome Flicker back as manager, but I can’t honestly see that happening.
“Me and Flicker are like brothers, but he knows that I’d never stand in his way if he wanted to manage on his own.
“If he wanted to take a manager’s job he’d have my full blessing, we’d never fall out over something like that.
“But I don’t think he’ll go back to Rochdale. I’m sure he will want to manage on his own one day, but I don’t think he wants to do that at the moment.
“I feel sympathy for Steve because he’s had a difficult take at the club, maybe the fans don’t understand that he’s operating on a shoestring. However, it’s a results-driven business and unfortunately he’s fallen foul of that.”
Hill’s team host Blackpool on Boxing Day, for the first of two home fixtures as the club look to bounce back from successive defeats.
And Hill knows he will have to try and get points on the board without the services of loan duo Nile Ranger and Danny Drinwkater.
Newcastle United loan striker Ranger is out with an ankle injury, while Manchester United loan midfielder Drinkwater is still recovering from a thigh tear.
Hill said: “It’s going to be a tough game for us against Blackpool, they’re a very good side. They’ve benefited from the parachute payments from the Premier League and Ian Holloway’s assembled a strong squad there.
“Their intention is to get re-promoted, but it’s a good challenge for us because if we beat them we’ll go ahead of them in the league.”
* barnsley skipper Jacob Butterfield has been nominated for the provisional list of players for the Great Britain squad to play in this summer’s Olympic Games in London next year.
Butterfield has until mid-January to confirm whether he wishes to be considered for inclusion in the squad.