Exclusive: Nobby Solano “shocked” and “saddened” at sacking of Mick Wadsworth

Nolberto Solano puts in a strong tackle. Picture by FRANK REID
Nolberto Solano puts in a strong tackle. Picture by FRANK REID

NOBBY Solano has spoken of his “shock” and “sadness” at the departure of Hartlepool United manager Mick Wadsworth, writes Craig Hope.

In an exclusive interview with SportMail, the Peruvian has revealed that he had no idea his boss and friend was about to be axed.

Indeed, he had chatted with him just moments before Wadsworth was summoned to a meeting by chairman Ken Hodcroft, who delivered the news that his 16-month tenure was over.

And Solano is adamant in his belief that Wadsworth’s exit has come too soon.

“I’m shocked, I’m surprised and I’m sad,” he told us today, evidently still upset at the sacking of the man who brought him to Victoria Park during the summer.

“He was the main reason I signed for Hartlepool.

“He is a good man and a good coach.

“I was talking to him just yesterday afternoon and he was fine, we were laughing and joking.

“Then I got a text saying he had left the club and I couldn’t believe it.

“I think it is too soon.

“He has done a very good job this season.

“Okay, our results recently at home haven’t been good but we had a very good start and are still much nearer the top than the bottom.

“We have a very good team with good lads who are all now very surprised that Mick has gone.”