Accrington coach must wait for Hartlepool reunion

Mike Newell
Mike Newell

Accrington Stanley coach Mike Newell was disappointed not to enjoy a League Two reunion with Hartlepool United.

But the Scouser, who led Pools to only the third promotion in the club’s history in 2003, said the right decision was made to return at a future date.

It would have been a lottery again and I think the right decision has been made.

Referee Darren Drysdale called off the match less than an hour before the scheduled kick-off because of a waterlogged pitch.

“The pitch was absolutely soaking,” said Newell, who is part of John Coleman’s coaching team at Accrington.

“We played Newport here a couple of weeks ago in bad conditions.

“That probably should have not have been played, to be honest, it made it a bit of a lottery.

“It would have been a lottery again and I think the right decision has been made.

“More rain was due.”

It would be fair to say Accrington were more frustrated tha Pools - Stanley started the evening fourth following a run of four wins and a draw.

Newell said: “The lads are creating and taking chances and playing football that’s good to watch.

“We are in a healthy position.”

Newell, who applied for the Pools job after Colin Cooper left the clyb last season, is thrilled to be coming up against his former team this season.

The 50-year-old told SportMail last December that Pools had made the right appointment when they installed his fellow son of Liverpool, Ronnie Moore, as successor to Paul Murray.

“I wouldn’t have said it if I didn’t mean it, I’m not that sort of fella,” said Newell.

“I thought he was the man to keep them up.

“It was still a helluva job to pull it off.

“You wouldn’t have thought it possible where Pools were at, but Ronnie did a fantastic job.

“If you look at the clubs who dropped into the Conference in the last five, 10, 15 years and some are still struggling, the last place you want to go is outside the Football League.

“Hartlepool had a cracking start this season and while things have levelled off a bit, Ronnie’s done a fabulous job.”