Steve Kean hits back at Hill spending claims as Rovers beat Barnsley to stay top (From Lancashire Telegraph)
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Steve Kean hits back at Hill spending claims as Rovers beat Barnsley to stay top
STEVE Kean last night hit back at claims by Barnsley boss Keith Hill that Blackburn have an unfair financial advantage – after £8m man Jordan Rhodes netted in a 2-1 home win.
Jacob Mellis put the visitors ahead but Rhodes’ goal on the stroke of half time salvaged a poor first half performance.
Nuno Gomes then came off the bench to score the winner five minutes from time and keep Rovers top of the Championship.
Former Rovers player Hill hit out at his old club, saying: “The game was won by £8m, which is a lot more than my budget. It’s as angry as I’ve felt about a game.
“You pay a Jordan Rhodes type of transfer fee for clinical decision making and that’s the difference between the two sides.
“We cannot compete, it’s an unfair advantage that Blackburn get, parachute money or solidarity money, that’s a great way of disguising it, they get rewarded for getting relegated.
“It’s a modern day footballing tragedy. It’s the shirts wanting the strong to get stronger and trying to create a Premier League Two.
“How can you get rewarded for getting relegated? Does it happen in any other country?”
But Kean said: “I disagree with that because last year we were in a position where there were a lot of players leaving the club.
“We got ourselves into a financial position as a club where we were more stable and that’s every club’s prerogative to cut their cloth accordingly.
“We’re in a different division but we’re able to use the money that over the years we’ve earned by staying in the Premier League so long.
“It’s easy to take that parachute money and not spend it but we decided to reinvest back into the club and bought a very expensive player but in Jordan Rhodes that will prove to be a very astute purchase.
“If he scores the amount of goals he’s on course to score at the moment, he’ll be worth a lot more than we paid for him.
“We’re trying to bounce back at the first time of asking because the prize money this year with the new TV deal is so lucrative.
“We’re deciding to have a real go at it and that’s our prerogative.”
About the performance, he said: “I must be honest, I thought first half we were dreadful.
“I suppose at times like that you are looking for special players to produce something to get you back into the game and that’s what Jordan did.
“In the second half we responded much better, I don’t think we could have been much worse to be honest.
“Both substitutes made a good impact, a fantastic early cross from Fabio Nunes and Nuno as we know from his career can ghost into positions.
“I think we really needed our key players to produce at key times in the game.”