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Hill hits out at Rovers

Hill hits out at Rovers

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."

Brace yourselves guys, this next comment will come as a cataclysmic shock to you all... Sit down, or lie down. Just be careful.'

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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Writer:Mikey Delap
Date:Wednesday September 19 2012
Time: 9:58AM


The financial argument could be applied to any division - I think it's Hill being angry at losing and it being sore that he felt it was unjustified (in a way he has a point).
Mikey Delap
19/09/2012 10:01:00
did he just admit we played bad.... ???
19/09/2012 10:08:00
If Hill was the manager of a club recently relegated would he still be complaining?? Doubtful!!
19/09/2012 10:53:00
is this the same Barnsley that GOT the payment in 97/98 season when they went doen. SOUR GRAPES ME THINK'S
19/09/2012 11:02:00
cry baby Hill. get over it.
19/09/2012 11:04:00
Mikey - you should have titled that, very well written piece, "Kean in truth telling shocker".
19/09/2012 12:34:00
To be fair though I think Hill does have point. The parachute money does create an uneven playing field. But, until the premier league money is distributed among all the leagues in a fairer way, parachute money is only a small issue. Without this payment many clubs - including ours could easily face financial ruin. Would Hill prefer to see three clubs each year go into financial meltdown?
19/09/2012 12:38:00
It's strange, but Kean will get more respect for saying the we played dreadful, i.e. the truth, than he has for nearly all of his other comments in the last 18 months, put together.
19/09/2012 12:40:00
Fleetwood Rover, I could be wrong but I don't think there were any parachute payments back when Barnsley were relegated.
19/09/2012 13:48:00
To be honest, Keanochio's comment about us being in the premiership for so long is valid. we've been there more or less every season for the last 20 years, which in turn makes you a more financially stable club, and rightly so. were in this position because we have played consistently well for a long time in the league above, so yes we are more equipped than Barnsley. Just because we have had one terrible season, (or two because of kean but we'll not go down that road), why should we crash and burn. we are an old famous club on merit, not because of hand outs.
19/09/2012 14:20:00
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