Hartlepool United boss Dave Challinor discusses what he needs to 'improve on' as a manager

Dave Challinor has been critical of his Hartlepool United players following recent results, now it was his turn.

Thursday, 27th May 2021, 12:30 pm
Updated Thursday, 27th May 2021, 12:35 pm

Pools were beaten 3-0 by Sutton United on Sunday to make it three defeats in their last four matches heading into Saturday’s regular season finale against Weymouth at Victoria Park (12:30pm).

And after taking time to reflect on the defeat, Challinor has admitted his tendency to let his emotions get the better of him following disappointing results is something he’s trying to work on as a manager.

“Sometimes it can be emotional in a dressing room environment after a game so it can be better to reflect and not say too much,” he said.

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Hartlepool manager, Dave Challinor during the Vanarama National League match between Hartlepool United and Maidenhead United at Victoria Park, Hartlepool on Saturday 8th May 2021. (Credit: Mark Fletcher | MI News)

"You settle down and say what you need to say in a calmer manner 24 to 48 hours later.

"As a young manager, it’s something I need to improve on and I’ve not been great at over the years. I’ll still head and kick every ball and I’m still desperate for my team to do well because I know what they can do and they’ve shown that on more than enough occasions this season.”

And Challinor spoke to his Pools players on Tuesday to reinforce that message.

"It’s about having some reality about where we’re at and what we did speak about is that there is obviously going to be disappointment that opportunities have passed us by in recent weeks,” he added.

“We had the chance to win the title which passed us by, we had the opportunity to go third on Sunday but we didn't take it but there are still huge opportunities ahead of us that we'll be looking to take.”

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