BARNSLEY: Takeover talk isn’t what Keith Hill wants to hear

Determined: Barnsley manager Keith Hill wants to stay at Oakwell
Determined: Barnsley manager Keith Hill wants to stay at Oakwell
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BARNSLEY boss Keith Hill is getting fed up of dodging “hand grenades” which he believes are being thrown to hinder his progress.

The club’s handsome 5-0 victory over Birmingham City was overshadowed by speculation of a potential takeover by an Italian consortium yesterday.

And that speculation led to rumours that if Italian owners took over the running of the club there would be no place for Hill and his assistant manager David Flitcroft.

“For whatever reason every time we try and turn a corner there’s a hand grenade waiting for us,” said Hill, speaking exclusively to The Star.

“I’m getting fed up of it to be honest because we’re starting to see the progress we’ve made in the time me and Flicker [Flitcroft] have been at the club.

“The publicity about a possible takeover is not the kind we’re looking for, it can cast doubt about the future.

“But me and Flicker are determined to be successful here – and we know we will be.

“Last season was about retaining our Championship status and now we’re making more progression this season.

“We’ve done a lot of ground work and we’ve got the players we want – and you can see from the Birmingham result what we’re capable of when everything clicks into place. It was a tremendous performance.”

The Star understands Oakwell owner Patrick Cryne is keen to offload the club be bought eight years ago, but as yet the club have received no official bids for its purchase.

And Hill is adamant he wouldn’t want Cryne to sell, to preserve his own future at the club – and his coaching team – but more importantly to prevent all their hard work fromb being undone.

“I wouldn’t want Patrick to sell the club, but if he did then I’d have to accept his decision,” revealed Hill. “I speak to Patrick a lot and I see him every month because I like to keep him up-to-date with what we’re doing at the club.

“If I was to lose my job it would be a sad day for Barnsley Football Club because all the hard work we’ve done is starting to pay off.

“I saw a special performance on Saturday, one which I will hold in my football heart for a very long time.

“There was a celebratory approval in the dressing room after the win that we can compete in the manner we did.

“Without being disrespectful to the opposition, you could see the players were all appreciative of their teammates. It was a special moment for everyone.

“But we want more performances like that and, like I said at the start of the season, judge us after 46 games.”