It’s time we took the flak for gaffer says Stephen Wright

Stephen Wright works hard to get back. Picture by FRANK REID
Stephen Wright works hard to get back. Picture by FRANK REID
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STEPHEN Wright believes Hartlepool United’s players must start taking some of the flak directed at manager Mick Wadsworth, writes CRAIG HOPE.

The first-team coach has protected his troops from the criticism which has accompanied a seven-game losing run at Victoria Park.

But Wright insists only the players can correct matters on the pitch and says it is high time they did their gaffer (pictured right), a good turn.

“Mick takes a lot of flak for us,” he told SportMail today. “He is brilliant at what he does.

“But we have to take it as well and we have to have broad shoulders. Don’t forget, we have a lot of games still to play.

“And it’s the players who are going to get us out of this situation.

“Runs like this are testing and you find out the personalities in the camp.”

Wright has seen a lot in his short time at the Vic, from the euphoria of climbing to third place amid a club-record start to the season to the despair of this latest slump.

But the 31-year-old, having played at the highest level with both Liverpool and Sunderland, is adamant his new team-mates are as good a bunch as he has worked with.

And that is why he believes they have what it takes to turn around recent form.

“The lads here are first-class, they really are,” he went on.

“Everyone is wanting to push. There’s no one who you think ‘I don’t want him in the camp’ – and I’ve been in that situation before.

“There’s no bad eggs there. They are all good lads trying to push on.

“But you have to do it every game – you can’t just turn up.

“We need to regroup as players and get us back on track and back up the table.”