Hartlepool Utd boss eyes next term ahead of final-day Charlton trip

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HARTLEPOOL United sign off for the season tomorrow – but Neale Cooper already has eyes on next term, insisting his managerial merits can be judged come August.

The Pools boss has promised a squad overhaul this summer and up to half a dozen players will next week be told they are being released.

Cooper will then set about the task of bringing in several new signings to supplement the players he wants to keep, and the Scot says only then will he call the team his own.

“I hope it’s going to be a busy summer because I want to stamp my mark on this team – after that I can be judged in August,” the 48-year-old told SportMail ahead of tomorrow’s curtain call at champions Charlton Athletic.

“I knew I had to work with the players I inherited in January and I couldn’t ask for a better bunch in terms of work-rate.

“But it’s a results-based business.

“If I have to change it then I have to change it.

“And if the boys are honest enough then they’ll agree it hasn’t been good enough.”

Full story in Friday’s Mail