Craig Harrison ‘proud’ to be Hartlepool United leader

Craig Harrison yesterday.
Craig Harrison yesterday.

Craig Harrison today spoke of how proud he is to be Hartlepool United manager.

The 39-year-old is finally off the mark as Pools boss after seeing his team dig in for a battling 1-0 victory at Guiseley yesterday.

After a poor start and a disappointing game on Saturday to come out in their droves is hugely appreciated by myself, the staff and the players


Success came at the seventh time of asking, Jonathan Franks scoring a 49th-minute winner to send 800 travelling fans into ecstasy at Nethermoor.

Pools then showed tremendous resistance late on to clinch the first three points.

It was a great moment for for Harrison, who had witnessed his side bounce back from a truly abject display against Fylde at Victoria Park on Saturday when they lost 2-0.

“I’m pleased for myself, of course I am, I’d be a liar if I said otherwise,” he told SportMail.

“But, genuinely, I’m more pleased for the staff, players and fans.

“I know how hard the staff and players have worked, day-in, day-out.

“It’s been a transitional period, there have been a lot of new players, but they have worked so hard and there is a real unity there.

“Plenty of teams get beaten and knocked down, but it’s how you get up.

“The attitude, the determination, the grit, the willingness to run through a brick wall, they were all there.

“The players deserved that and I’m so proud to be the leader of that group.

“And I’m so pleased for the fans.

“Hartlepool United’s supporters have been through a lot of trauma, I know that, and we have not started the season how we’d have liked to. But it’s fantastic to get that first win.”

That defeat to Fylde was about as low as Pools can go, but the turn-out in Yorkshire yesterday was extraordinary.

“The fans have been unbelievable,” said Harrison.

“After a poor start and a disapointing game on Saturday to come out in their droves is hugely appreciated by myself, the staff and the players. To have 800 fans is something else

“I was so pleased we scored down the bottom end in the second half so the players and the fans could celebrate together.”

He added: “However long the fans have supported Pools, I bet no-one was as disappointed as me on Saturday night, that’s a fact.

“I’m a very proud, professional person, I take this job very seriously and I felt for the fans after Saturday.

“We were far short of our best but the best teams react after something like that.

“What we need to make sure is we kick on from here.

“We’ve not won the league! There is still a lot of hard work to do, the players know that.

“They will have a well deserved day off today but we’ll the be back to work tomorrow to get ready for Maidstone.”