New Hartlepool United manager will inherit a honest set of lads – Sam Collins

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SAM Collins insists that whoever takes over as manager of Hartlepool United will be lucky to inherit an honest set of players.

While previous boss Mick Wadsworth paid the price for the club-record run of seven straight home defeats, Collins believes that the team – in terms of both league position and morale – are still in decent shape.

Indeed, the squad still harbours ambition of clawing back their early-season play-off position.

A spirited display during Saturday’s unfortunate 2-1 defeat at Brentford lends weight to Collins’ argument that Pools are not in the perilous state usually associated with the sacking of a manager.

Despite the loss of Wadsworth, the captain sees no reason why Pools cannot pick up their previous good form going into the festive period.

“It (the sacking of managers) happens but as players all we can do is keep working hard,” he said.

“Whoever is in charge is fortunate because they’ve got a brilliant bunch of lads who’d work hard for anyone. We’re all honest and whatever we’re told to do we’ll do it.

“The last seven games at home we’ve been disappointed with but it’s time now to kick on and get some results going at home again, because if we play like we did at the weekend we will win games.”

Collins and co have this week been preparing for Saturday’s visit of Colchester United.

It was the sorry home form which ultimately cost Wadsworth his job, and the skipper knows it’s time to end the losing run in front of their own fans.

“We need a performance and if we get that then I’m sure the result will come,” he added.