Hartlepool Utd pros pledge to turn form around ahed of Leyton Orient clash

Ritchie Humphreys.
Ritchie Humphreys.

MICK Wadsworth has revealed that his senior players have this week emerged from a crisis meeting with a “pledge” to turn Hartlepool United’s stuttering season around.

The group, led by club captain Ritchie Humphreys and skipper Sam Collins and including Paul Murray and Andy Monkhouse, met at Maiden Castle in an effort to arrest a slide which is threatening to plunge Pools towards the wrong end of League One.

The upshot was a unified determination to halt a run of five defeats in six matches, starting with tomorrow’s trip to Leyton Orient.

And Wadsworth told SportMail today that he welcomes such resolve among his men.

“The senior lads got together this week and they’ve made a pledge to turn things around,” he explained.

“People like Sam, Andy, Ritchie and Muzza got together to take a responsibility to help us all get out of this bad run we’ve had.

“I really like that sort of pro-active approach.

“I let the players have their say and I’m not frightened of that.

“It’s rare we get into debates because I don’t like that – but I do like opinions when they’re asked for.

“Myself and the staff have to listen to the players and it’s important that senior players have their say.

“You can’t have senior players like Paul Murray sat in the dressing room and not listen to him, likewise with Sam.

“They’ve got great experience and we’ll try to use that to get us out of the problem.”

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