HARTLEPOOL United have 13 days to save the club’s Football League life.
That is all that is left of a season which is spiralling out of control and heading to the Sky Bet Conference.
Pools have three games to go – starting with today’s critical 19th vs 18th confrontation at Victoria Park against fellow relegation battlers Morecambe (kick-off 3pm).
It’s not quite a must-win game but it is certainly a must not lose match – a draw would keep Pools out of the drop zone.
Pools boss Colin Cooper looked a broken man when he came out to face the media, briefly, after Saturday’s 3-0 defeat.
So does his team, who looked decidely second best at the Pirelli Stadium.
But the manager says only he and the players can fix things in the remaining 270 minutes of the campaign, starting with this afternoon’s clash with the Shrimps.
“I will carry the can for the performances,” said the 47-year-old. “But the players have a challenge.
“It’s a two-week challenge to do an unselfish act and do something for Hartlepool United, we all have to.
“And that’s all we need to say. We have a three-game challenge and the challenge is to get more points than the other teams below us in the league.
“That’s the challenge you have got to take on.
“If you don’t then you regret it for the rest of your life.”
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