MICK Wadsworth has lost out to Notts County boss Martin Allen in the race for League One Manager of the Month – but he has to wait just 48 hours to exact his revenge.
The Magpies chief – nicknamed “Mad Dog” for his off-the-wall soundbites – has today taken the division’s top-boss award for September after his side amassed 13 points from 15.
That was in comparison to Pools’ four wins from four during the same period, leading many to believe it would be Wadsworth’s name which was this morning confirmed as the prize winner.
But the Victoria Park general insists that he’d far rather have three points in the bag this Sunday than a shiny piece of silverware on the mantelpiece back at home.
“There’s only one winner to that question,” he said when asked which – points or prizes – he’d prefer.
“Give me wins on the football pitch all day long, if you’re doing that then everything else will follow.
“It was nice to be nominated and it was great recognition for the club.
“It shows that we have made progress and that we’re achieving what we want to.
“Not winning the award isn’t a big issue at all, we couldn’t have done much more than win our four games in the month.
“Sadly that run came to an end last weekend against Sheffield Wednesday. But you could see the relief on their faces at the end and the jubilant nature of their celebrations how much it meant to win at Hartlepool.
“It was a massive win for them, in a sense that’s a tick against our achievements thus far this season.”
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