MICK Wadsworth was completely unaware that his days at Hartlepool United were numbered – and so, too, were his players.
SportMail can reveal that the former first-team coach – axed following a run of seven straight home defeats – took a full training session at Maiden Castle yesterday morning as the squad continued preparations for Saturday’s trip to Brentford.
But Wadsworth was informed by club officials just hours later that his 16-month tenure had come to an end.
We understand the 61-year-old had believed he would be given time to turn around the desperate home form.
Indeed, when questioned by SportMail if he feared for his future in the wake of Tuesday’s 1-0 defeat to Preston North End, Wadsworth hit back, citing the progress made under his stewardship as reason for his position being above question.
But the official matchday programme notes of chairman Ken Hodcroft – who will chair the club’s AGM today – prior to Preston suggested a change was in the offing.
He wrote: “Expecting three points at home has put a focus on the team (and individual) performances.
“And we have failed to deliver the three points and not always had the performance expected at home for several games now.
“Why we don’t know – it’s definitely not due to the travelling!
“The possible causes of our poor home form will be examined in detail in the coming days – especially as we have no match on Saturday.”
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