Hill backs Jones’ survival skills

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BARNSLEY boss Keith Hill believes it would be a “sad” day for football if Dave Jones were to be sacked as Sheffield Wednesday’s manager.

Hill has plenty of respect for Jones and what he’s achieved in the game, but is wise enough to know that he and the Owls boss are in a results-driven business and success is most commonly judged by results.

“I really haven’t concerned myself with Dave Jones because I’ve got the pressure of trying to get us results,” Hill told The Star. “But he’s under pressure just like I am; both clubs need results.

“It’s a results-driven business, but results have gone bad unfortunately.

“The demands of the Championship are so high that you’ve got to keep working really hard to get anything.

“He’s under pressure, but he’s a magnificent manager and I’ve got a lot of respect for him.

“Just because Sheffield Wednesday have lost a few games it doesn’t mean that Dave Jones has stopped being a great manager.

“It would be a sad day if he got sacked, but that’s the business we’re in.

“I face the same pressures and so does every other manager.

“I wouldn’t wish the sacking of any manager.

“There are a lot of people who hide behind decisions and unfortunately that can have an unfair representation on a manager.

“It could be a sad day on Saturday regardless of the result, that’s the nature of football. I’m just hoping we can get a big win for the supporters, we’ve got to show our quality.”

But as much as Hill has sympathy for Jones, with the Owls having lost their last seven matches, the Reds’ boss knows his side are in desperate need of points as well, having not won in their last 10 league outings.

“It’s a big game for both sets of supporters,” he said.

“And our players need the support of the crowd behind them.”