New Hartlepool Utd boss will work with backroom staff ahead of Coventry City clash

John Hughes manager of Hartlepool United at his press conference Victoria Park. Picture by FRANK REID
John Hughes manager of Hartlepool United at his press conference Victoria Park. Picture by FRANK REID

NEW Hartlepool United boss John Hughes will work with all of the backroom staff he has inherited.

The Scot was impressed following his initial meeting with Micky Barron on Wednesday and was yesterday introduced to player-coach Ritchie Humphreys, goalkeeping coach Andy Collett, chief scout Paul Baker and physio Ian Gallagher.

And Hughes admits he will be drawing on their knowledge over the coming weeks.

“I want to make this clear, I came down for interview on my own and I’m 100 per cent convinced with the staff who are here,” he told SportMail ahead of tomorrow’s League One visit of Coventry City (kick off 3pm).

“You can’t win any fight yourself – you need a team.

“It’s important I kept them staff on board because they have that knowledge of this division.

“At this moment in time I’ll be leaning heavily on that knowledge.”

In the short term, at least, Hughes will also try to get the best from the players already on the books at Victoria Park.

Beyond that, however, he is willing to call in favours from his friends in the game.

“I’ll do what I have to – beg, borrow or steal,” he said when asked about the potential for recruitment.

“I’ve worked with Alex McLeish, Owen Coyle, a lot of good people who are now in England.

“I’ve got those contacts across football and I’ll have to use them.

“I know Tony Mowbray from Celtic as well and I’ll be using all of these contacts to help me do the best possible job for Hartlepool.”

Hughes’ reign kicks off against relegation rivals Coventry.

And, while the new man is keen to implement a passing style over time, he admits tomorrow is all about the result.

“I have to hit the ground running, I understand that, but I don’t want to put a red flag on it and say ‘the season starts here’,” he went on.

“But I’m convinced I can inspire these guys with just one training session.

“I can show even the older lads a different way to do certain things, that inspires people.

“I might have to kick a few up the backside, I might have to cuddle a few.

“But everyone has a part to play because we all want to be playing our football in this division.”

Hughes will be without Steve Howard (suspension), Andy Monkhouse (ankle) and Luke James (hernia) for the visit of the Sky Blues.

POOLS (probable): Flinders; Austin, Collins, Hartley, Horwood; Walton, Murray, Sweeney; Franks, Noble, Poole. Subs: McHugh, Luscombe, Baldwin, Humphreys, Richards, Holden, Wyke