MICK Wadsworth will refrain from forecasting a League One target for his Hartlepool United side until after pre-season preparations are complete.
The Pools chief admits that no manager can predict just how well new faces will integrate among the team and concedes that there is always an element of the unknown going into any campaign.
That is why Wadsworth, for now, is revealing only one ambition.
“For now we just want to improve on last year,” he said, having guided Pools to an 18th-placed finish last term.
“I want us to be higher, where that takes us who knows?
“I don’t know where that is yet. At times last year we were terrific in games and at other times we were quite poor.
“There is potential there to achieve something this year and we will be aiming high.
“But we’ve got to take our time and make sure we’re fully prepared to the best possible degree before we make any predictions – as long as no-one starts panicking if we lose a couple of friendly matches and calls for me to be sacked!”
He went on: “The four new players are thankfully with us for the start of pre-season, which is a big bonus, but they need time to settle and gel with the other lads.
“It’s an exciting time because you really can’t be 100 per cent sure how well you’re going to do, but I think we could surprise a few people this season.”
Full story in Thursday’s Mail