‘Whoever becomes Hartlepool Utd boss will inherit a great set of lads’

Sam Collins celebrates his goal against Brentford. Picture by FRANK REID

Sam Collins celebrates his goal against Brentford. Picture by FRANK REID

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SAM Collins insists that whoever takes over as manager of Hartlepool United will be fortunate to inherit an honest set of players.

Previous boss Mick Wadsworth paid the price for the club-record run of seven straight home defeats.

But Collins believes that the team – in terms of both league position and morale – are still in decent shape.

Indeed, the squad still harbour ambition of clawing back their early-season play-off position.

A spirited display during Saturday’s unfortunate 2-1 defeat at Brentford lends weight to Collins’ argument that Pools are not in the perilous state usually associated with the sacking of a manager.

And, despite the loss of Wadsworth, the captain sees no reason why Pools cannot pick up their previous good form going into the festive period.

“It (the sacking of managers) happens but as players all we can do is keep working hard,” he told SportMail.

“Whoever is in charge is fortunate because they’ve got a brilliant bunch of lads who’d work hard for anyone.

“We’re all honest and whatever we’re told to do we’ll do it.

“The last seven games at home we’ve been disappointed with.

“But it’s time now to kick on and get some results going at home again, because if we play like we did at the weekend we will win games.

“We’re fortunate in that the brilliant start has given us something to fall back on.

“But we need to use that to get going again.

“We need to do it for ourselves, no matter who is in charge for the game.”

Full story in Wednesday’s Mail