MICK Wadsworth says he would “love” to lead Hartlepool United beyond the end of this campaign.
Pools chairman Ken Hodcroft looks set to extend the contract of the first-team coach, who has been at the helm since Chris Turner walked out in August.
“I’m dead keen to stay and would love to be in charge next season,” said 60-year-old Wadsworth, who has guided Pools to the relative safety of mid-table in League One with seven games still remaining.
“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time here – I think it’s a terrific club and I want to carry on the work that I’ve started. The club is in really good shape.
“The owners, IOR, have done a terrific job in running the club and I think people outside also see that things have gone remarkably well.
“So I think the club has a lot to be proud of, but we want to kick on and want to make it better. From my point of view, I want to have a better, stronger, more efficient team next season.
“In the short term, we want to get as high as we can and be able to look back in May and say that’s been a really good season, because we’ve made a lot of progress this year.”
Pools need at least one more victory to make sure of their League One status ahead of next term.
But already Wadsworth and his team of scouts are scouring the land in a bid to identify summer transfer targets.
He added: “I don’t want to jump the gun but I always try to take a long view of things. I get to a lot of games, and Ritchie (Humphreys) and Micky (Barron) help when they can as well.
“We’ve had a meeting with our scouts – we’ve got one down south and one in Scotland and they’re important in the information that they feed in.
“I always see our reserves because that’s important to see how the young players are doing and to keep tabs on the senior lads who play. I take the job very seriously and give it absolutely everything.”
Hartlepool’s next game is at Swindon on Saturday.