Barnsley part with manager Hill

Keih Hill
Keith Hill had been manager of Barnsley since May 2011. Photo: PA

Barnsley have sacked manager Keith Hill after their home defeat to Blackburn sent the club to the bottom of the npower Championship table.

Hill, 43, has come under increasing pressure in recent weeks and earned a stay of execution following his side's Boxing Day win at Millwall, but the Tykes slumped to a seventh home league defeat of the season today after losing 3-1 to managerless Blackburn.

Barnsley are now searching for their fourth manager in three and a half years following the departure of former Blackburn defender Hill, who replaced previous boss Mark Robins in June 2011.

Hill was sacked by general manager Don Rowing straight after the game.

Rowing said: "Keith and his assistant Dave Flitcroft have given their all to the club and played some attractive football.

"Keith was very disappointed but this was a decision made by the board and not by one man. It is a very sad day.

"We thank Keith for the hard work he has put in, but we have not won at home since we beat Bristol City in September and the fans have become restless and they look to us to make the decisions.

"The results haven't gone our way and he has paid for it."

Rowing refused to say who would be in charge of the team for the New Year's Day visit to Peterborough.

It is understood Flitcroft has been asked to do so, but has not yet given the club his decision.

Rovers opened the scoring in the 29th minute when Jordan Rhodes set up Joshua King and his angled shot beat Barnsley goalkeeper Luke Steele.

Two minutes before the break Rovers doubled their lead through Ruben Rochina, who slipped past Scott Wiseman and fired home from just inside the area.

Stephen Dawson pulled one back in the 75th minute but Rhodes made sure of the points in the last minute when he shrugged off a challenge from Jimmy McNulty and fired home.

It was Rovers' first win seven matches and caretaker boss Gary Bowyer - taking charge after the dismissal of Henning Berg, said: "It was an important win for us, it has been a tough couple of days.

"The players were good in training yesterday and they have carried it through into the game to today. We worked with them on the shape yesterday and they just got on with the job.

"There was a good feeling in the dressing room at half-time because of the level of performance and I just told them if they wanted this feeling at full-time they had to play the way they played in the first half.

"All the players played well. I don't like signalling players out but Rhodes, a Barnsley lad, played well on his return to Barnsley."