Barnsley 1 Blackburn Rovers 3: Hill sacked as Tykes manager

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

Josh King gave the Rovers a first-half lead, beating Reds goalkeeper Luke Steele in a one-on-one encounter.

And things got worse for Hill’s side when Rochina netted a second for the visitors on 44 minutes.

Stephen Dawson snatched a lifeline for Barnsley with 15 minutes remaining, only for Jordan Rhodes to secure an away win with a stoppage-time third goal.

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.

A club statement read: “Barnsley Football Club have parted company with first-team Manager Keith Hill following today’s defeat to Blackburn Rovers.

“Reds Assistant Manager Dave Flitcroft has been asked to take charge of first-team affairs for the match at Peterborough United.”

Barnsley travel to Posh on New Year’s Day.