MICK Wadsworth today threw down a candid challenge to his under-performing players.
Speaking on the eve of the home clash with league leaders Charlton Athletic and after a run of four defeats in five, the manager sounded his frank proposition.
“The question is this,” he said, “Do you want to be part of something special?
“Or do you want to have another season where we do okay?
“We finish eighth, 11th or 14th and everyone says ‘well done little, old Hartlepool’.
“We’ll go away for a few days in Benidorm and have a holiday then come back, go to Holland and start the cycle again.
“I don’t want that, that’s not for me – I want us to be better than that.
“We’ve done some great things at this club over the past year.
“We’ve come on a ton and that’s at all levels – the youth programme, training, the season tickets, everything.
“That work has to continue because we’re building a club and we’re not going to throw it all away. I want it to be a season for us to remember and at the very least, let’s try to get in the play-offs.
“If we can’t, let’s get as damned near as we can and have a good go – let’s aim high.”
This wasn’t the first time this week Wadsworth has delivered some no-nonsense words.
On Tuesday, in the wake of the 2-0 home defeat to Tranmere Rovers, he refused to hold back in his stinging criticism of his side’s performance.
And Wadsworth insists he will never try to con supporters by glossing over a poor display.
“I’m an honest guy and I try to support my players and that’s right and proper,” he added. “I never want to get personal.
“But as a group, we let ourselves down and let the fans down.
“If we’re going to do anything special then they’re games that we have to win.”
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