Reds boss Hill brings in his own back room team

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BARNSLEY boss Keith Hill is expected to install his own coaching staff at Oakwell.

With David Flitcroft having moved with Hill from Rochdale as his assistant boss, John Breckin’s position has now become redundant and he is expected to follow former boss Mark Robins wherever he moves.

Robins is currently linked with vacancies at Cardiff City and, ironically, Rochdale. And The Star understands that first team coaches Nick Daws and Steve Taylor, as well as goalkeeping coach Simon Tracey are also expected to leave. However, team physiotherapist Chris Burton is expected to retain his position, just like when Robins replaced Simon Davey.

“We’re in discussions about coaching staff, so we’ll see what happens there,” Hill told The Star.

He has wasted no time in developing for the future. In less than a week he recruited Chesterfield striker Craig Davies and Colchester United midfielder David Perkins, on two-year deals. And having promised signings from lower divisions, Hill is hoping the club’s board will give him time to make his new new boys blossom.

The Reds lacked a talisman goalscorer last season with Adam Hammill the club’s top scorer with eight goals.

But Hill is looking for his team’s goals to come from all over the field and doesn’t want to put extra pressure on someone like Davies.

“We lost goalscorers at Rochdale and we turned midfielders into scorers,” said Hill. “We turned wide players and centre-halves into goalscorers. It doesn’t matter where goals come from. I wouldn’t put the onus on one player just to score 20 a season, that’s unfair.

“But if you have four or five players who score five to goals a season, then that more than compensates for a 20-30 goals-a-season striker.

“Craig Dawson scored 22 goals in two seasons at Rochdale as a centre-half. We had midfield players scoring 19-20 goals - and all that was the result of losing the Will Buckley’s, the Glenn Murray’s and Chris Dagnall’s of this world.

“We then turned a mobile target man in Chris O’Grady into a goalscoring striker. You can do that, but it takes time.

“You don’t want to be putting individual pressures on players to be our talisman goalscorer during the season in the way someone like Adam Le Fondre has carried the mantle at Rotherham for the Lion’s share of the goals they score. If Adam’s not performing then where are the rest of their goals going to come from?

“It’s about giving players the opportunity on this stage. We’re not afraid to do that.”