KEITH Hill’s “love-hate” relationship with football is threatening to drive him “around the bend”.
But the Barnsley boss is determined to make the club a success story despite all the obstacles which have been thrown at him.
The Reds have been ravaged by injuries this season and are operating on one of the lowest budgets in the division. However, Hill can finally see “light at the end of the tunnel” having assembled his own squad at Oakwell.
And on the evidence of the Reds’ impressive performance against league leaders Blackburn Rovers on Tuesday night, albeit it ended in a cruel 2-1 defeat, Hill is right to have grounds for optimism.
Only four days earlier and his side grabbed a battling draw against promotion-fancied Blackpool, who were beaten in the play-off final by West Ham last May.
Hill told The Star: “I love football and I hate it sometimes just as much as I love it. We were brilliant against Blackburn, but it’s a results-business and your judged on results at the end of the day.
“You can look back at how well we played, but the result shows that we still lost the game. But I’m trying to recruit a team on very little money and we’re putting a team together that the club and the supporters can be proud of.
“Unfortunately the rich get richer in this division, I don’t know in any other walk of life where you get rewarded for relegation.
“That’s happening now in the Premier League because of all the parachute payments for the relegated clubs.
“Clubs that get relegated get rewarded financially, how does that make sense?”
He added: “A long time ago teams like Bradford and Barnsley overspent when they were in the Premier League but it’s not like that anymore. Teams don’t need these solidarity payments.
“If we were to get relegated it could put the club back 100 years.
“But I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I’ve got my squad of players now and I can see the players want it.”