“I’m Mick, I’m the boss and I’m in charge” says Pools chief Wadsworth

Mick Wadsworth and Michael Barron applaud the traveling Pools supporters. Picture by FRANK REID

Mick Wadsworth and Michael Barron applaud the traveling Pools supporters. Picture by FRANK REID

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AFTER securing his Hartlepool United future first-team coach Mick Wadsworth played down talk of job titles and declared – “I’m Mick, I’m the boss and I’m in charge”.

Much has been made of the club’s apparent reluctance to bestow the “manager” title on either Wadsworth, who took over in a temporary capacity last August, or his predecessor Chris Turner, who operated under the guise of Director of Sport for two seasons.

It had been thought that Wadsworth’s new deal, signed yesterday, could possibly have heralded a change in that respect.

However, that’s the last thing on his mind and, speaking to SportMail at last night’s Hartlepool FA Schools awards, the former Newcastle United assistant manager let it be known exactly who’s the boss at Victoria Park.

“Titles are a rose by any other name – they mean nothing to me,” he told us following the ceremony at the Hartlepool College for Further Education.

“My contract is quite clear – I’m in charge of the football department.

“I report to the chairman and the chief executive and whatever title I end up with it’s not really an issue.

“I’m Mick, I’m the boss and I’m in charge of football.”

Wadsworth certainly leads from the front and he admits that he was never in any doubt as to remaining in charge of the club next season - his influential role in pulling off the marquee signing of Nobby Solano in May testament to that belief.

The club’s owners, IOR, had always told him that his own future would be sorted after that of the playing staff, and so that proved to be the case.

Read the full story in Friday’s Mail ...