Barnsley manager Keith Hill has blasted the local media and a section of the club’s supporters for perceived negativity towards the club’s current plight.
Despite impressive wins over Middlesbrough, Birmingham and Charlton, The Reds have lost four of their last six matches and have only once this season scored more than one league goal in a game. Saturday’s 1-0 reverse at Hull, where the side failed to register a single shot on target, saw them slip to 20th in the Npower Championship table, just three points off the relegation zone.
If The Reds lose at Pride Park for the first time in six years tomorrow night, and both Charlton and Peterborough pick up three points, Hill’s side will slip into the drop zone for the first time this season.
But speaking to the local press today the Reds 43 year old gaffer said:
“I’m getting lots of support from Patrick Cryne. He is aware of the situation and I’m not worried about being sacked at all.
“But we need the fans and media to do the same. We don’t get the respect we deserve.”
“Yes, it’s a results business and if things don’t improve, then fans will want a change. That said I will not walk away.
“There’s absolutely no chance that I’ll walk out on this club because I feel we’re ahead of where we should be.”
“I will fight for what I believe in and I believe in the players and what we are trying to do.”
The former Rochdale boss then bizarrely claimed getting to 50 points this season would be big of an achievement as somebody walking a tightrope with two broken legs, despite the fact Barnsley have reached that amount in every season since returning to the Championship in 2006, except for last season, Hill’s first season in charge when they managed just 48 and were saved from the drop only by Portsmouth’s 10 point deduction.
Continuing Hill added:
“You have to ask yourself: ‘would results change if the players changed or if I left?’ Well, not unless there was a huge cash injection.
“We need to promote positivity at this club because out of that you get encouragement and belief.
“We have to break this pessimism and that’s from everyone; local press, fans and players. Everyone seems to be looking for a negative angle.”