HARTLEPOOL United’s players and fans are approaching the new season with quiet confidence.
And so too is new manager Colin Cooper.
The Pools boss formally met the players for the first time yesterday at Victoria Park and gave them a presentation before the squad trained together at Maiden Castle.
Cooper also got to meet some fans yesterday when he and assistant Craig Hignett handed over the first of the new kits sold at the club shop.
And the 46-year-old told SportMail that supporters were justified in looking forward.
“If you are not optimistic in life, you have no chance of succeeding,” said the new boss.
“We are optimistic.
“We still have plenty to do but we are working very hard to try to get players in.
“As most managers and coaches will tell you, it is not easy at this time of year, unless you are at the top end where you can sometimes do your business very quickly.
“There can be a lot of to-ing and fro-ing but I would like to think that before we get to the Rochdale game we more or less our squad in place but I can’t guarantee that because there are still three weeks of the transfer window still open.
“All I can say is be optimistic, we are.
“Hopefully when we get some players through the door and get everyone settled down and working hard then we’ll see where we are.”
Cooper got to talk to the players yesteday morning at the Vic, where he got to spell out his vision ahead of the League Two programme.
“I’d spoken to most of the players already and I made a little presentation for the squad,” he said.
“It’s something a bit new for them, but it’s just my thoughts and feelings about what I’m expecting from them this season.
“And then we went and got some training done on the afternoon.”
Cooper liked the Pools kit and was pleased to meet some fans.
“I like the kit, it’s cool,” said the former Boro, Millwall and Nottingham Forest defender.
“It was nice to meet the fans and see them coming down here to support their club.
“Everyone was very respectful and wished us well. It was great.”