Hartlepool Utd boss needs to talk to chairman about next season

Ken Hodcroft.
Ken Hodcroft.

JOHN Hughes admits that he needs to sit down with Hartlepool United chairman Ken Hodcroft and begin drawing up plans for next season.

The divisional status of the club remains uncertain and, ahead of today’s visit of MK Dons, Pools were six points from safety at the bottom of League One with six matches remaining.

But Hughes is conscious of stealing a march on his rivals when it comes to summer recruitment, regardless of which league Pools find themselves in.

It has traditionally been the policy of the club to wait until the end of the season before discussing the release or contract extensions of the current playing staff.

Hughes, though, appears keen to change that approach and he wants a meeting with Hodcroft in order to ensure Pools are best prepared for the close season.

“I know where I want to take this club and I know what needs to be done,” the Scot told SportMail today when pressed on plans beyond this campaign.

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“It’s only a matter of time before I sit down with the chairman.

“We need to plan and see where we’re to go and hopefully that will be done in the next week or so.”

Hughes brought success to Falkirk having adopted a strategy of planning and shrewd recruitment.

And he is determined to make a similar impact at Victoria Park.

“It’s nothing that I haven’t done up in Scotland over the years,” he went on.

“I want to bring success here by playing good football and producing young footballers.

“That keeps me hungry and motivated.”

Hughes, though, admits his side’s recent winless and scoreless run has brought home the size of the task he faces.

“The last few weeks have been a reality check but I’m one who doesn’t get too carried away when you win or lose,” he said.

“We’ll see where we go this season but then it will be all hands on deck just to change the philosophy a little.”