Cooper wants Hartlepool United players to earn bonuses

Hartlepool United manager Colin Cooper.
Hartlepool United manager Colin Cooper.
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COLIN Cooper has revealed he worked hard during the summer to introduce a new bonus structure at the club.

Now he just wants to see his Hartlepool United players start taking advantage of it by getting back to winning ways.

Pools are second-bottom in Sky Bet League Two with six defeats from their opening nine league matches.

Cooper has once again stressed the need for consistency from his players.

Pools picked up four points in their previous two home matches – a 2-0 win over Shrewsbury Town and a goalless draw against Tranmere Rovers.

Only to then fall to a heavy 5-1 defeat away to Northampton Town before last weekend’s 2-0 loss at Plymouth Argyle – which saw them slip into the bottom two.

The Pools manager said he’d “love” to see his side produce the kind of performance against Shrewsbury on a weekly basis, but knows the reason players are in the fourth tier of English football is because they sometimes lack consistency.

Cooper said: “If you don’t finish in the higher levels of the league then that is because you will have shown a level of inconsistency.

“That has happened to this club for a number of years.

“If the same people are repeating the same things over and over again then that is why they end up playing in League Two.

“If you have young players then you have to accept they are going to make mistakes from time to time, as long as they want to improve.

“But by the same token they have to understand that in order to give yourself a chance in football you can make a mistake a couple of times but if you keep repeating it, then you will only go so far.”

“Players here have the ability to play higher - both young and old - but they need to be six or seven out of 10 each week.

“Never four but on the odd occasion you might be an eight or a nine,” said Cooper, who was talking ahead of today’s match at home to Portsmouth in League Two.