Hartlepool United manager Dave Challinor to be backed by chairman Raj Singh following sales of Peter Kioso and Nicke Kabamba

Hartlepool United manager Dave Challinor ‘doesn’t expect anything’ from chairman Raj Singh following the sales of Peter Kioso and Nicke Kabamba as he claims he’ll be backed regardless.

Friday, 24th January 2020, 12:01 pm
Updated Friday, 24th January 2020, 12:18 pm
Hartlepool United manager Dave Challinor during the Vanarama National League match between Harrogate Town and Hartlepool United at Wetherby Road, Harrogate on Thursday 26th December 2019. (Credit: Mark Fletcher | MI News)
Hartlepool United manager Dave Challinor during the Vanarama National League match between Harrogate Town and Hartlepool United at Wetherby Road, Harrogate on Thursday 26th December 2019. (Credit: Mark Fletcher | MI News)

The past week has seen Pools receive substantial fees for two first-team players though Challinor isn’t expecting any immediate reinvestment into the squad.

Hartlepool have been able to strengthen their side with the loan additions of Macauley Southam-Hales and Timi Odusina on Thursday.

Gary Liddle’s loan is also set to be extended until the end of the season after the club agreed a deal in principle with Walsall.

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And when asked if he expects to be given a bumper transfer budget as a result of the recent player sales, Challinor responded: “I don’t expect anything, what I do know is that whether it be now or whether it be moving forward I’ll be backed.

“Then I’ll be able to put a squad together that is capable of competing and hopefully getting out of this league.

“At the moment we’ve got an awful lot of money tied up in injured players so that takes a big strain finance wise.

“We’ve got to be as efficient as we can with everything we get in that gives us the best chance of still achieving something this year, most of it will probably be short term.

“If we can potentially tick boxes now that cover us further down the line and save me a little bit of work in the summer then we’ll do that.

“But realistically with where we are we’ve got to have enough in place to be able to bring people in that will improve us.

“We don’t want anyone who will cause any detriment to the team as we look to try and put a run together.

“Again we’re three unbeaten, yes we would’ve liked to have won the two away games but win on Saturday and then the two away points look a whole lot better.”

Hartlepool host play-off challenging Stockport County at Victoria Park on Saturday afternoon (3pm kick-off) as they look to stretch their unbeaten run to four games and maintain their pressure on the top half of the National League table.