Bolton chief Hill tells crit­ics: ‘Stop liv­ing in the past’


Manchester Evening News - - SPORT - FOOT­BALL By RICHARD PART­ING­TON @MENS­ports

BOLTON man­ager Keith Hill blasted his de­trac­tors fol­low­ing his side’s 2-0 de­feat at Rochdale.

Hill pa­tiently put to­gether pro­mo­tion­win­ning sides dur­ing his two spells at Dale and is at­tempt­ing to pull off sim­i­lar work at his home town club.

But the man­ager ad­mit­ted he is grow­ing ‘sick and tired’ of the con­stant crit­i­cism and com­par­isons with Bolton bosses of yes­ter­year.

“No­body is on the same page, whether it’s the press, the foot­ball club, the staff, the play­ers, the Academy,” he said. “No­body at this club is on the same page, one hun­dred per cent com­mit­ted to cre­at­ing a new Bolton. There are still peo­ple liv­ing in the past, go­ing on about what they did and they haven’t done. I’m sick to death of hear­ing about what they did last time they were in League One, I’m sick to death of be­ing crit­i­cised for try­ing to put a new team to­gether and putting my fu­ture at risk and noone else’s.

“Don’t com­pare me with Sam Al­lardyce, don’t com­pare me to Phil Parkin­son the last time they were in League One be­cause I haven’t got his bud­get. Nowhere near! I am on a re­build mis­sion here within the fi­nan­cial re­stric­tions of the club. Ev­ery­body’s com­par­ing stats and facts from the last time Bolton were in League One – get some re­al­ity and per­spec­tive, start sup­port­ing this team! We are not over­spend­ing, we are try­ing to cre­ate a new team with a new iden­tity. If I went to­mor­row a new man­ager would come in and it would be the same prob­lems, ex­actly the same. Sup­port the re­build and it will be some­thing worth­while, some­thing spe­cial.”

Bolton played their part in an en­ter­tain­ing con­test at Spot­land, debu­tant Ethan Hamil­ton twice hit­ting the wood­work early in both halves. Hamil­ton was also de­nied on three oc­ca­sions by Dale stop­per Robert Sanchez.

Teenage full-back Luke Mathe­son bol­stered his grow­ing rep­u­ta­tion in the game with a 43rd minute open­ing goal, ri­fling into the roof of the net af­ter a pass from Kwadwo Baah.

And Jimmy Ryan’s 20-yard drive made the re­sult safe on 80 min­utes.

Rochdale as­sis­tant boss Lee Ri­ley: “It’s very much a happy dress­ing room , we’re all very pleased with the per­for­mance lev­els from start to fin­ish. We did come un­der pres­sure at times, as we knew we would – it’s very rare that you see a team lead­ing 1-0 and not com­ing un­der pres­sure at some point. The key is of­ten the sec­ond goal and we got it to­day. There have been other oc­ca­sions where it’s just not hap­pened for us.”

Keith Hill

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