Reds boss ahead of Blackburn
Reds Manager Keith Hill caught up with the press ahead of facing the club where he began his footballing career, Blackburn Rovers, this evening.
“It’s where it all started for me as a schoolboy,” said Hill. “I went on to be an apprentice then professional and played just over 100 times. It’s a great club.
“A lot of my education as a manager has come from my upbringing at Blackburn Rovers.”
“When you can invest the type of money they’ve invested, you’d probably ask yourself why they didn’t invest it last January to at least give themselves an opportunity to retain their Premier League status.
“They’ve recruited Premier League-standard players. To pay the type of money for Leon Best, then he gets injured – then recruit Jordan Rhodes. And then Colin Kazim-Richards after spending £8million! I mean, it’s brilliant.
“It is a Premier League club playing in the Championship. They’ve got to be competing for automatic promotion when they’re spending that type of money.
“Dickson Etuhu, (Danny) Murphy…wow. The fixture list can scare you but it’s an opportunity here we will be equals. It’s a super challenge. It’s brilliant when I can look at the players and they’re really up for it.”
Regarding injuries and those close to a return, Hill added, “We have slight concern over a few of the players. Just niggles. Hopefully we’ll have a fully fit squad with respect to the players that were available on Saturday.
“Perkins is probably 80 per cent, he’s not spent a lot of time on the training pitch, he may need a game.”
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