MICKY Barron is hoping that Hartlepool United’s Christmas party could prove the catalyst for an upturn in festive fortunes.
The squad – disguised in costumes ranging from The Mask to Rambo to Zippy from Rainbow – embarked on their traditional getaway last weekend.
The same Christmas celebration 12 months ago sparked a winning run for Pools which took them to the brink of a play-off place and saw then-boss Mick Wadsworth collect the Manager of the Month prize for December.
Festive parties have caused their fair share of concern for football bosses in recent years – Harry Redknapp having banned their existence at Tottenham Hotspur – but Barron believes such team bonding is an important part of the game, especially when results aren’t going your way.
“I don’t know where my invite was for the party!” he laughed, having admitted he had no problem with the players enjoying a night out together.
“But I think it can help the players.
“Especially if things aren’t going great for you - just getting everyone together when you’re sitting around in a group things will get said what don’t normally, and that’s a good thing.
“But they’re a good group of players anyway.
“They’re as unhappy as everyone else about the run of results we’re having.
“They’re trying everything they can – whether it’s a Christmas party or a team meeting here or there, they’re hoping to turn it around as soon as possible.”
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