Hartlepool United players to learn Victoria Park fate

Mick Wadsworth at Swindon. Picture bY FRANK REID
Mick Wadsworth at Swindon. Picture bY FRANK REID

HARTLEPOOL United’s players will today discover if they’ll be at Victoria Park next season.

Only senior stars Evan Horwood and Sam Collins are assured of their future at the club, the latter having signed a new contract on Monday.

The remainder of the squad will meet with chairman Ken Hodrcroft, chief executive Russ Green and first-team coach Mick Wadsworth to learn their fate during the course of today.

Wadsworth has already passed on his recommendations to the club’s hierarchy and there have been talks this week in an effort to resolve “two or three real discussion points”.

It is widely believed that Pools will be offering news deals to the likes of Scott Flinders, Neil Austin, Peter Hartley, Paul Murray, Gary Liddle, Andy Monkhouse and Tony Sweeney.

Beyond that core of first-team regulars the other squad members will enter the meeting not knowing if they are to be shown the door or presented with proposed, new terms.

Wadsworth has made no secret of his desire to revamp the Pools frontline, casting doubt over the future of forwards such as Denis Behan, Michael Mackay and Colin Larkin.

Even Adam Boyd, who has come back into the team in recent weeks, and the fit-again James Brown will be sweating on the outcome of their talks.

But Wadsworth told SportMail that the ultimate objective will always be to improve the team over the course of the close season.

“We’ve got to make good decisions and take a collective look at it,” he said.

“We’ve got to make the squad better and that’s the natural course of any football club.

“You can never be satisfied and I’m not satisfied now by quite a way – I want to make things better.

“My recommendations have been out forward – they’ll be considered and we’ll talk about them before meeting the players.

“There are perhaps two or three real discussion points – do you release them and get bitten on the backside?

“It can be difficult but sometimes you have to be brave and go one way or the other.”

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