Barnsley manager Keith Hill gets reassurances from club owner

Keith Hill: Met with Barnsley owner on Monday

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Sky Sports understands that Barnsley boss Keith Hill was given reassurances about his future by club owner Patrick Cryne after he met with him for talks on Monday.

However, talks are ongoing over the future of the South Yorkshire club - and if Cryne does sell, then Hill's position could very well be under threat.

Sky Sports understands that Cryne told Hill that should he sell the club he would do everything he could to see the current managerial team that also includes David Flitcroft, remain in place after an excellent 14 months in charge at Oakwell.

But it is also understood that the Italian-based consortium, who are believed to be in pole position to buy the Tykes, would want to bring their own managerial team in.

A club source told Sky Sports: "Keith is very happy and both he and David have grown very close to the squad they have assembled which they are also very excited about.

"But they know the rumours surrounding the club's future and it is a worry to them, but this will not detract from their work - they are committed and Patrick, as much as he can, has given them assurances about their future."

Both Hill and Flitcroft have emerged with huge credit in the past 12 months and their work has not gone unnoticed.

Hill is said to be attracting attention from Blackburn Rovers, where he spent five years as a player, as they consider the future of their boss Steve Kean.

Hill's number two Flitcroft has also turned down an approach from mangerless League One Bury as he committed his future to Barnsley.