Hartlepool Utd star: Any player shown the door can’t complain

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ANDY Monkhouse admits that any player deemed surplus to requirements at Victoria Park this summer can have no complaints.

With Pools almost certainly headed for League Two – they are eight points from safety with four matches remaining – manager John Hughes is set to reshape his senior squad during the close-season.

Monkhouse is one of several first-team players whose contract expires at the end of the campaign.

The long-serving winger concedes that efforts on the pitch have fallen short this term and that Pools’ standing at the foot of the table is fully deserved.

And that is why the 32-year-old believes a summer shake-up is on the cards.

“If we go down I suspect there will be changes with the playing staff and anyone who leaves the club could not argue with that,” Monkhouse told SportMail.

“It’s our jobs on the line and we’re all gutted.

“But the lads will be honest and say it hasn’t been good enough, every one of us would say that.

“If we do go down then we’ve deserved it.”

Monkhouse revealed following Monday’s 1-0 defeat at Stevenage – an eight consecutive match without score – that the club’s failure to sign a 20-goal-a-season striker had contributed to their downfall.

But the Yorkshireman says he had not anticipated a relegation scrap at the onset of the season.

“There wasn’t a fear of relegation at all at the start of the season,” he said.

“We had some new signings in and you’re always optimistic.

“But without the goals you’re always going to end up on a downward spiral.

“The lads will take the stick but there were other factors as well and it’s all came together to put us bottom of the league.

“Confidence has taken a battering this season – we’ve had from fans, from the press.

“But we’ve had to take it all on the chin because we’re bottom of the league and that’s probably where we deserve to be.”

Meanwhile, Pools reserves take on Shrewsbury Town at Billingham Town’s Bedford Terrace this afternoon (kick-off 2pm).