We must take advantage of “clean slate” under new boss says Gary Liddle

Gary Liddle makes his way down the right for Pools. Picture by FRANK REID

Gary Liddle makes his way down the right for Pools. Picture by FRANK REID

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GARY Liddle insists Hartlepool United’s players must take advantage of their “clean slate” under new boss Neale Cooper, writes CRAIG HOPE.

The Scot arrived at Victoria Park with Pools having blown their club-record start to the season with a subsequent run of eight straight home defeats, extended to nine following Monday’s reverse to Scunthorpe United.

Cooper made three changes to the side for that game and has insisted all his new charges will be given a chance to impress at some point.

And Liddle, who admits his own form has been inconsistent over recent months, believes it is an opportunity for players to start afresh and prove their ability to the new manager.

“It’s a bit of a cliché, but we all start with a clean slate and it’s about proving yourself again,” the 25-year-old told SportMail.

“If you prove yourself in training then you will get a chance – young Luke James has shown that.

“He’s made three or four appearances now and the enthusiasm he’s shown has been unbelievable. James Brown has come back in as well and put in a good performance.

“So players like that might get a chance now and it’s a good, healthy competition which is needed.”

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