MICKY Barron believes there is an “anger” within the Hartlepool United dressing room which will see them escape the League One drop zone.
The Pools caretaker boss insists that his side have what it takes to preserve their third-tier status, despite finding themselves rock bottom with a third of the campaign already gone.
Barron will remain in charge when Pools take a break from league action for this weekend’s FA Cup first-round trip to Chesterfield.
But the 37-year-old – who guided Pools to their first point in four matches during Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Brentford – is adamant that, when the league campaign resumes a week tonight at home to Tranmere Rovers, his players will set about their escape act.
“There’s definitely a resolve within the dressing room to get out of it and there always has been,” he said when pressed by SportMail on the mentality within the camp.
“We all know it hasn’t been good enough and the players are determined to get out of the situation we are in.
“The players have been angry about it, but hopefully Saturday was the start of moving up the table and putting in some good performances.”
Barron, though, insists that last week’s departure of Neale Cooper did not prompt the sudden upturn in performance.
“There hasn’t been a light-bulb moment to suddenly decide to get out of it,” he explained.
“For whatever reason there’s games when we haven’t got a result and things haven’t fallen for us.
“But the players have been hurting.
“Players do go home miserable in this position when you are bottom of the league and not getting the results and they are unhappy at home.
“Some of the players’ wives are friends with my wife and it gets back to me.
“Hopefully after the weekend everyone has a little bit more of a smile on their face.”
Pools are currently six points from safety and that gap could be as vast as nine by the time league leaders Tranmere come to town.
But Barron (pictured left) believes Pools must be patient and not get too disheartened by a seemingly perilous position.
“What I’ve said to the players is that we aren’t going to get out of it straight away or even in a game or two,” he went on.
“It might take a run of games to get there and that’s what we have to aim for.
“I think they understood what I was trying to tell them.
“But Saturday was a good start and we’ll hopefully build from there.”
Meanwhile, in the wake of SportMail’s story yesterday that Phil Brown was in the running for the Pools job, he has been cut to 3/1 favourite to land the role.
Brown is interested in the post vacated following Neale Cooper’s resignation last week and appears to be the number-one choice among supporters.