Caretaker boss: Hartlepool Utd’s new manager starts today with Scunthorpe

Michael Barron applauds a good move for Pools. Picture by FRANK REID
Michael Barron applauds a good move for Pools. Picture by FRANK REID

MICKY Barron has carried the can for Saturday’s 3-1 defeat at Sheffield United – insisting Neale Cooper’s second reign as manager starts with today’s visit of Scunthorpe United (kick off 3pm).

The 37-year-old picked the starting XI for the trip to Bramall Lane with Cooper having only met his new players for the first time on Thursday morning.

But Pools made a calamitous start against the Blades and were 3-0 down by half-time.

They did manage to claw back some pride after the break and scored the only goal of the second half thanks to Peter Hartley’s injury-time strike.

Barron, though, says that he will take responsibility for the dismal first-half effort.

“This was a very difficult game to come in for Neale and he left it to me and Ritchie (Humphreys) – so we take it for the first half and he might take credit for the second-half!” he told SportMail.

“He said it was right to leave the preparation to me and Ritchie but after half an hour I wasn’t so sure it was a good idea.

“So this was my last game and not his first, definitely - I picked the team and take the responsibility.

“It’s hard for him to come in and start picking teams and formations when he hasn’t really seen the lads so this at least will give him an idea.

“Now on the team and organisation side of it we will get used to each other as a staff, with Ritchie and Andy Collett as well and that will take a week or so to bed that down.”