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Hill Keen on Cup Run

9 August 2012

Reds boss ahead of Rochdale Return

“A cup run could financially help me in the later stages of the season.”

“It can set you up for a good start to the season. We want a win-win situation where we’re going into the Middlesbrough game full of confidence.

A cup run is key for finances as well as building momentum ahead of the new, 2012/13 campaign, as Hill continued:

“It will be a competitive game but I expect us to shine through as a Championship side.”

“It’s going to be competitive, because of the nature of the game – Keith Hill and David Flitcroft are taking Barnsley back to Rochdale.

“It was really sad when they were relegated, but I believe they’ve got a good Manager in place who will try and do what we previously did.

“But it was special, the way that we took a club that was destined for the Conference as a team and financially, to resurrect, promote and make it into a thriving financial business – incredible.

“What we created at that football club was special. We were in a bubble and the Chairman warned me about the prospect of leaving but I’m ambitious, I had to leave, he knows that.

“I really enjoyed my time at Rochdale as a player and as a Manager.

“It’ll be great, and I’m sure there’ll be certain sections who will warm me with greetings then there’ll be the other side who consider me to have left the club when I should have stayed.

“It’s not a difficult fixture,” said Hill. “But it can be made difficult with my emotions. I’m treating it as a professional game. It’s a game we want to win and that we’re setting up to win. It’s live pre-season action so there is a value to this game.

The Barnsley boss met with the media this morning and gave his thoughts on returning to his former club.

The Reds start the 2012/13 season with a trip to Rochdale’s Spotland in the Capital One Cup First Round. Keith Hill spent four years with The Dale as he guided them from the lower reaches of League Two to the brink of the League One Play-Offs.

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