Pools fans react to relegation from League One

John Hughes on the sidelines during the game against Scunthorpe United. Picture by FRANK REID
John Hughes on the sidelines during the game against Scunthorpe United. Picture by FRANK REID

GUTTED Hartlepool United fans have been quick to air their anger and frustration over the club’s relegation to League Two.

Some said the writing has been on the wall for several months while others say they are still “absolutely gutted” their beloved Pools have been relegated to the fourth tier of English football.

Hartlepool United season ticket holder Martin Honeyman stands in the Town End.

The 29-year-old said: “I am absolutely gutted to have been relegated.

“It has been good to watch a higher standard of teams at Victoria Park over the past few seasons, certainly much better teams than we will see in League Two next season.

“I just wonder if this is the end of the boom period for Pools.

“Maybe it was to be expected at some point, for a club our size, but the frustrating thing is that it could have been avoided.”

Peter Mennear, a 29-year-old local government officer at Stockton Borough Council, is a season ticket holder in the Town End.

Peter, who lives in the Hart Lane area of town, said: “I was really disappointed with the first half of the season, the attitude and performances were terrible.

“Next season could be a great opportunity to put things right but the balance of the squad and transfer policy both need overhauling.”

Steven Liddell, 29, a senior assistant manager at Brierton Sports Centre, in Hartlepool, stands in the Town End.

The married dad-of-one said: “I was worried from the start about the lack of depth in the squad.

“The clear lack of a goalscorer has also really affected us.

“Sadly, the signs have been there for the past couple of seasons and the lack of tactical nous has also cost us.

“The only hope is that the deadwood is cleared out and we start again.

“I also hope that the manager is allowed to make some signings.”

Season ticket holder Neil Sharpe, 43, a married dad-of-three from Billingham, is a production manager at Atkinson Print, in Church Street.

He said: “This has been another bad season for Pools.

“All the money spent on Steve Howard and the lack of goals in return has not helped.

“There has also been other members of the team not playing how we know they can.

“I’m still not sure we have the right manager to do a good job.

“I know that John Hughes has not had the money to bring players in but his substitutions are always the wrong ones.

“We didn’t play well at home this season which meant we didn’t have anywhere near a full house, despite the season ticket offer.

“All we can do is forget this season, move on and bounce straight back up and get promotion.

“I have faith in Ken Hodcroft and Russ Green to put things right.”