It will be hard for Hartlepool United to get out of trouble says Neale Cooper

BEEN LET DOWN: Neale Cooper standing on the sidelines during the defeat to Bury. Picture by FRANK REID
BEEN LET DOWN: Neale Cooper standing on the sidelines during the defeat to Bury. Picture by FRANK REID

NEALE Cooper admits it will be a tough ask for Hartlepool United to escape their perilous position at the bottom of League One.

The Scot, it appears, will not now be the man to lead their fight against relegation, and it looks extremely unlikely that he will be in charge for Saturday’s trip to Brentford.

Beaten 2-1 at Bury last night, Cooper spent 30 minutes airing some “home truths” with his players after the full-time whistle, following which he told SportMail that he will today consider his future as first-team coach.

The 48-year-old evidently feels let down by several of his squad, and he had this response to their chances of surviving the drop.

“It will be hard to get out of this,” conceded an emotional Cooper.

“We don’t have the biggest squad the way finances are.

“But they have to stick together and compete and fight their way out of trouble.

“Whatever happens with myself they have to battle and fight for each other.

“One or two boys have to do a lot better than they’re doing.

“There were a few home truths said in the dressing room afterwards.

“I know it’s not good enough.

“There’s so much pressure on everyone that confidence is low.

“I understand the supporters’ frustration and I’m getting it with both barrels.”

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