Writer: Mikey Delap
Date:Wednesday September 19 2012
Barnsley manager Keith Hill and Rovers manager Steve Kean have had something of a stand off after last night's slightly undeserved 2-1 Rovers win.
Hill has accused Rovers of having an unfair financial advantage as over 60% possession and the small majority of the chances still led to a defeat for the side from South Yorkshire.
Rovers for their part were pretty poor and triumphed purely on the basis of having superior fire power to take the chances that came their way.
Hill, a former Rovers player and now respected manager, was hugely unimpressed and made his feelings clear.
Barnsley manager Hill hit out at his former club to Sky Sports - "The game was won by £8m, which is a lot more than my budget. It`s as angry as I`ve felt about a game.
"You pay a Jordan Rhodes type of transfer fee for clinical decision making and that`s the difference between the two sides.
"We cannot compete, it`s an unfair advantage that Blackburn get, parachute money or solidarity money, that`s a great way of disguising it, they get rewarded for getting relegated.
"It`s a modern day footballing tragedy. It`s the shirts wanting the strong to get stronger and trying to create a Premier League Two.
"How can you get rewarded for getting relegated? Does it happen in any other country?"
Current Rovers manager Steve Kean defended the situation however claiming it is merely a return on Rovers savage cost cutting last season and stronger financial position.
But Kean hit back in the LT saying - "I disagree with that because last year we were in a position where there were a lot of players leaving the club.
"We got ourselves into a financial position as a club where we were more stable and that`s every club`s prerogative to cut their cloth accordingly.
"We`re in a different division but we`re able to use the money that over the years we`ve earned by staying in the Premier League so long.
"It`s easy to take that parachute money and not spend it but we decided to reinvest back into the club and bought a very expensive player but in Jordan Rhodes that will prove to be a very astute purchase.
"If he scores the amount of goals he`s on course to score at the moment, he`ll be worth a lot more than we paid for him.'
As was rumoured in the summer, Kean confirmed the thinking behind a bounce back to the Premier League straight away mentality was the new super TV deal that is on the horizon for clubs next year.
"We`re trying to bounce back at the first time of asking because the prize money this year with the new TV deal is so lucrative' Kean said.
"We`re deciding to have a real go at it and that`s our prerogative."
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Kean spoke on the display - "I must be honest, I thought first half we were dreadful. (Ed - phones ambulance for everyone in Blackburn)
"I suppose at times like that you are looking for special players to produce something to get you back into the game and that`s what Jordan did.
"In the second half we responded much better, I don`t think we could have been much worse to be honest.
"Both substitutes made a good impact, a fantastic early cross from Fabio Nunes and Nuno as we know from his career can ghost into positions.
"I think we really needed our key players to produce at key times in the game."
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Date:Wednesday September 19 2012
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