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Hill on Blackpool

13 September 2012

Reds boss: 'Privilege to be managing'


Reds manager Keith Hill met with the press this morning ahead of Saturday’s clash with table-toppers Blackpool at Oakwell.

“We’ve tried (to sign a player) but we’ve fallen short,” said Hill. “We thought we had a player yesterday but we didn’t get the go-ahead. I’ve been in touch with a player who hasn’t got a club at this time, but his demands are quite ridiculous and unreasonable.

“We offered a very, very good player an opportunity but we got turned down. The player himself would not consider the type of money we had on offer.

“I find it quite amazing that there are players who are turning down offers.

“I think footballers should be playing football. We’ve previously seen it with Ricardo Vaz Te.

“I do believe we can make an impact on this league this season. The real surprise for me this season was the Brighton game. That has made it plainly obvious to the players if we are below par, we’ll get his for six, maybe seven, maybe eight by teams like Brighton who are recruiting the likes of Wayne Bridge.”

And now Hill wants his side to continue their brilliant home form, having picked up maximum points and not conceded a goal so far this season.

“We haven’t conceded a goal and we’ve scored two. We’ve created numerous other outstanding opportunities but just haven’t converted – whether it’s been the woodwork or outstanding saves from goalkeepers.

“They’re (Blackpool) the best team in the league, have the best manager in the league. They’ve recruited well, retained well  - which is the most important thing Ian Holloway’s done this season. And the most important thing Blackpool have done this season is retained Ian Holloway.

“He’s (Ian Holloway) been successful. He knows what he wants. He’s determined, he’s got a strategy and a philosophy. He keeps every single player fully inclusive. He can make changes that don’t weaken his hand. I think the relationship he has with his players has the right balance between being a manager and a friend. 

“They were stopped against Leicester, it’s just a game of eleven v eleven over ninety minutes. We’ve got to match their honesty and enthusiasm.”

With Barnsley Football Club celebrating 125 years of football this weekend, Hill added, “It’s a privilege to be managing. It’ll be a privilege for the players to playing for the spectators. Let’s be right, football is a marriage between teams and the spectators, hopefully we can make it a happy day for everyone.”

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