WATCH: Pools fans in favour of takeover

MOST supporters the Mail spoke to on the streets of Hartlepool are in favour of a takeover by new owners.

David Durham, 26, of the Oxford Road area of town, said: “I don’t think IOR have done very well. We will see what happens after the takeover.

David Durham

David Durham

“I definitely want to see someone else come in to put more money into the club to get more players and hopefully start winning.

“I definitely think it is a good thing.”

Ken French, a retired delivery driver of Owton Manor, said: “IOR haven’t done a lot. They might have improved the ground a bit but they haven’t spent money on players, they have all been loan players.

“They have just been getting people in that are not good enough, on the cheap.”

James Whittingham

James Whittingham

The 66-year-old added: “It definitely needs a change of ownership.”

John Sloan, 72, a retired pipe fitter and welder, of Billingham, said: “Obviously IOR haven’t done a good job. I think it stems from the sacking of Danny Wilson, they have gone downhill since.

“Someone’s got to take over and sort it out.

“If they drop out of the league they will be out for years. When you look at other teams that have dropped out, the Wrexhams and Grimsbys, they are out for years.”

But long time supporter James Whittingham, 47, believes the deadlock between Hartlepool Borough Council and the club over the sale of the ground has been the biggest barrier to success on the pitch.

The full time carer, from the town centre area, said: “I think IOR have done a good job all the time they have been here.

“I think the council have put us a step back because of the ground.

“I would have liked to have seen IOR stay in charge and the council to sort out the ground issue, then the money might go back in the club which has been kept out.”

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