KEN Hodcroft is confident that Hartlepool United are more than capable of enjoying a successful season – but he admits relegation remains a constant fear.
The Pools chief made the decision to relieve Mick Wadsworth of his first-team duties on Tuesday following a run of seven straight home defeats.
His sacking came with Pools perched in mid-table in League One, a return of 26 points from 19 matches only slightly worse than their efforts at this stage last season.
But Hodcroft, having deliberated over the future of the managerial seat took decisive action earlier this week and Wadsworth was fired.
As reported in SportMail, the news came as a complete shock to the first-team coach.
But Hodcroft believes that a fresh approach is required and, while he is confident the current set of players have what it takes to get results back on track, he admits the club’s hierarchy are always mindful of being dragged towards the wrong end of the table.
“We do feel that we’re in a position to remain in League One this season and we’ve got a good set of players,” said the man who looks after the club.
“We saw at the beginning of the season they did very well and a good squad does not go bad overnight.
“I believe we’ve got the players in place to remain in League One this season.”
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