Hartlepool Utd caretaker boss refuses to rule himself out for manager’s job

Hartlepool Caretaker Manager Michael Barron in charge of his first game away to Brentford. Picture by FRANK REID
Hartlepool Caretaker Manager Michael Barron in charge of his first game away to Brentford. Picture by FRANK REID
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MICKY Barron refuses to be drawn on his hopes regarding the vacant managerial seat at Hartlepool United – but admits his caretaker tenure has already been an emotional one.

The Pools legend – who was honoured with a testimonial in 2006 – took charge of the club for the first time during Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Brentford.

He is one of the leading contenders for the position created by last week’s sacking of Mick Wadsworth, and we understand he would be interested in taking over the reins on a permanent basis.

Chairman Ken Hodcroft will this week sit down to assess all of the applications and Barron and Ritchie Humphreys – currently assistant to the caretaker coach – are sure to figure as a proposed management duo.

Barron (right) was officially elevated to the first-team coaching staff this year, where he worked as No.2 to Wadsworth.

That relationship meant he was saddened by the 61-year-old’s departure on Tuesday, although thoughts quickly turned to preparing the team for the trip to the capital.

And Barron told SportMail today that his first week in management has certainly been a testing one.

“Have I enjoyed it? No, probably not,” he said, when reflecting on a turbulent seven days.

“It’s been busy and hectic and upsetting as well to be honest.

“But when I’m with the players and on the training ground it’s good and when I’m at the game it’s good

“It’s the time inbetween that is different – things like thinking about subs and who is travelling, things I don’t normally have to do which are new to me.

“So I was a bit worried and anxious about it beforehand but enjoyed it more once the game started.”

And, as for the future?

“We’ll see,” he smiled, “I’m doing a job I’ve been asked to do.

“I coach the team and will carry on doing it.

“We take things now on a day-by-day basis, there’s a reserve game tomorrow which I will take and Ritchie will take training.”

Full story in Monday’s Mail