IT may have been the shortest day of the year this week, but Hartlepool United caretaker coach Micky Barron insists his days are getting longer.
The 36-year-old, however, admits he’s still loving every minute of a temporary tenure which now looks set to extend into 2012.
Barron remains reluctant to declare his interest in the full-time position, but he is thought to be one of the names which will figure on the managerial shortlist being drawn up by chairman Ken Hodcroft this week.
Pools, traditionally, take at least three weeks to appoint a new boss and, while Barron has now been in charge for just over a fortnight, we understand the festive period could delay developments.
Rumours that the club were set to unveil the new man yesterday were confused with their rescheduling of Barron’s pre-game press conference, and the current coach is fully expecting to be in the dugout at Oldham Athletic on Boxing Day.
Yesterday, meanwhile, also marked the winter solstice – the shortest day of the year – but Barron admits he’s got more on his plate than ever.
“I’ve seen less of the family these past couple of weeks – but that’s just because I’ve been miserable at home!” laughed Barron, in reference to recent results.
“It’s been really difficult at times and there’s a lot more involved than you realise.
“But there’s also a lot of enjoyment in there as well.
“I enjoy organising the players, getting them ready for training and then deciding what we’re going to do.
“There’s also a lot of stuff I didn’t realise – like how much your phone rings and how much people want to talk to you.
“But I’m happy doing what I’m doing and I’ll continue to do it until told otherwise.
“In terms of January we’ll broach that subject when it happens but, for the time being, I’m concentrating on the players I have here and trying to get the best out of them.”