McDonald blow for Blades boss

December 13, 2012

Under-fire Barnsley boss Keith Hill has called on the club to change their tradition of sacking managers.

Hill is feeling the heat at Oakwell after the Reds failed to win any of their last 10 Championship games, a run which has left them residing in the bottom three.

But the former Rochdale manager wants fans to judge him on his work across the whole club, not just on results.

"We've been in this place so many times in the past as Barnsley football club, and has anything really changed, has it really?" he said.


"The managers come and go at will. It seems to be the tradition at this club to sack a manager.

"There's been no vision, no future, just the sacking of a manager and the expectation it will all be put right.

"If there's a call for me to be sacked and the owners believes that to change a manager is going to pay dividends for this football club, don't dilly, don't wait - just do it.

"If my job is going to be dictated by the recent run of results, then fair play.

"But I was brought here to create an identity, a vision - integrate the academy with the first team while dealing with the financial fair play situation etc."

Deegan has been out since sustaining a fractured jaw in early October following the win over Dundee. Captain James McPake is also in contention following a back injury which has kept the defender out since November 3.

Hibs boss Pat Fenlon said: "If there's hopefully no reaction to the training sessions this week then both of them will come back into the squad.

"They're big players for us in terms of their character and their ability, but also on the pitch in relation to leadership."

Following last weekend's 3-0 loss at Inverness, Fenlon could opt to bring back McPake and Deegan from the start. Defender Tim Clancy is also nearing a return following a groin injury.

"Tim is maybe a week, 10 days away," Fenlon added. It's important to have them all fit coming into this period when we have a lot of games coming up."

Fenlon was active in his two previous transfer windows as Hibs boss, but January moves depend on deals for on-loan trio Leigh Griffiths, Ryan McGivern and Jorge Claros, whose parent clubs are Wolves, Manchester City and Motagua in Honduras, respectively.

Fenlon added: "There is one or two areas that we want to strengthen. We'll probably decide based on what happens with the other players that are here on loan.

"With the players on loan, we've got to try to get that sorted out first, either way, whether they're staying or going. We've got plans in place for either."

The midfielder limped out of last weekend's 3-1 win at Carlisle with an ankle injury and has not been able to train all week so will play no part in the game against Ronnie Moore's side.

"He's getting better, but is very doubtful for Saturday," Wilson said.

"I don't really know after that. He might be okay for the following week. We will keep our fingers crossed that he will be available for the Christmas period.

"He has not done a great deal this week. The swelling of his ankle is quite prominent, but it is coming down and has done over the last few days."