Hartlepool United manager Dave Challinor ready to call upon Gime Toure after suspension

Dave Challinor has let his frustrations with Hartlepool United top scorer Gime Toure be known in the past week.

Tuesday, 14th January 2020, 6:00 am
Updated Tuesday, 14th January 2020, 6:10 am
Gime Toure in action for Hartlepool United. Picture by FRANK REID
Gime Toure in action for Hartlepool United. Picture by FRANK REID

The Frenchman was hit with a three game suspension for violent conduct in the 4-1 FA Cup third round defeat at Oxford United.

He will serve the final game of his ban at Yeovil Town on Saturday before being back in contention the following week at home to Stockport County.

Challinor has not shied away from criticising the striker for his actions as speculation regarding Toure’s future at Pools started to mount.

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The Frenchman added fuel to the fire by posting a photo of him with former manager Craig Hignett on Instagram just hours after the comments from the current Pools boss.

While Challinor is clearly frustrated with Toure, he recognises his potential importance to the team and is keen to move on from the issue.

“I don’t think there’s anything to be fixed really,” he admitted.

“Gime has made a mistake and let people down and I know for a fact that he regrets it and ultimately we need him on the pitch.

“You look on Saturday, when the game gets stretched and opens up and I’ve got no one who I can realistically put on as a centre-forward then that could be the difference between us winning a game and drawing a game – so to not have that option is disappointing and we need to get him back involved as soon as we can which will be for Stockport at home after his suspension is over.”