Hartlepool United must come back stronger says Micky Barron

MOTIVATION: Micky Barron (right) says Pools must use relegation as a motivation to bounce back for next season
MOTIVATION: Micky Barron (right) says Pools must use relegation as a motivation to bounce back for next season

MICKY Barron believes Hartlepool United must use the anguish of relegation as motivation when they kick off next season in League Two.

Pools visit Crawley Town tomorrow as the curtain is called on a ruinous campaign which has ended the club’s six-year stay in League One.

Barron, though, insists such despair will not be swept to one side, instead using it as inspiration come August.

“I think it’s important we talk to the players about relegation,” said Barron, speaking to the press in the absence of John Hughes who was at an FA hearing where he received an immediate two-game touchline ban for his sending-off during last month’s controversial 1-0 defeat at Coventry City.

“We can’t just think ‘we’re relegated, let’s brush it under the carpet’.

“We’ve got to speak about it and use it as a tool going into next season.

“I’ve spoken to a lot of people and they say you have to learn from it and come out the other side stronger.

“I admit it hasn’t been an enjoyable season at all, not one part of it.

“But we need to come on from the experience of it and try to use it to our advantage next year.”

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