John Hughes will have to duck and dive in transfer window at Hartlepool United

John Hughes
John Hughes

JOHN Hughes would like to make a statement to supporters with his first signing for Hartlepool United – but admits he must be realistic in January.

The Scot is determined to bolster his ranks when the transfer window re-opens in the new year.

Ideally, his first acquisition as Pools boss would be one to excite the fans.

However, the financial restrictions in place at Victoria Park and the nature of the mid-season window means that is unlikely.

“My first signing has to be one where the fans go ‘oh right, is that what we’re bringing to the club? That takes us in the right direction’,” Hughes told SportMail today.

“The problem I have is that with the position we’re in with the 65 per cent (amount of turnover which can be spent on wages) it will have to be ducking and diving.

“There has to be an understanding from the supporters of how it works.

“I’m a supporter as well and I want to be shouting from the rooftops saying ‘can we not go and sign him and him?’.

“But we have to be realistic and understand how it works in this window.”

Pools were beaten 1-0 at MK Dons on Saturday to extend their winless run to 21 matches, a new club record.

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