FORMER Pools boss Danny Wilson believes that current Victoria Park incumbent Mick Wadsworth has done “an absolutely superb job” during his year in charge writes CRAIG HOPE
Wilson, now at the helm of League One rivals Sheffield United, returns to The Vic for tonight’s Carling Cup First Round tie.
And the Blades chief knows that a tough test lies in wait for his men having followed closely the fortunes of his old club.
“Mick has done an absolutely superb job there,” said the 51-year-old.
“With the greatest of respect the budget isn’t the biggest but that means he’s made sure he’s got hungry and committed players.
“He’ll also have them organised, very organised in fact and we’ve got to be mindful of that.
“The fans up there are very vocal too. They might be small in number but they certainly make their presence felt.”
It’s nearly three years since Wilson’s shock departure from Pools, the former Northern Ireland international having previously presided over the promotion campaign of 2006-07.
His stint in charge is largely considered a successful one among the Poolie faithful and he’s looking forward to this evening’s clash.
“I enjoyed our time at Hartlepool and it’s a smashing club,” he went on.
“We broke quite a few records on the way to promotion and I’ve got a lot of good memories.
“It also means I know how tough it is to get a result up there. Their home form is always strong.
“The personnel have changed but, having watched them quite a lot last season and also during pre-season, I know the ethos hasn’t.”
The Bramall Lane outfit were under the stewardship of Kevin Blackwell 12 months ago when goals from Adam Boyd and Tony Sweeney dumped the then Championship club out of the Carling Cup at the same stage.
And Wilson believes that result proves Pools will be no pushovers.
“I don’t know whether some of the lads who are still here from last year will feel as if they’ve got a point to prove,” he said.
“What I do know is that what happened shows that if anyone thinks we can just go up there and coast through then they’re very much mistaken.”