Hartlepool assistant Hignett won’t put promotion pressure on players

Craig Hignett and Colin Cooper, Hartlepool United's new management team
Craig Hignett and Colin Cooper, Hartlepool United's new management team
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CRAIG Hignett is refusing to forecast where Hartlepool United will finish in League Two next season.

The new Pools assistant signed off from his playing career at Victoria Park as part of Danny Wilson’s promotion-winning squad in 2007.

Many will expect Pools to mount a similar challenge when they enter the bottom tier for the first time since that promotion.

But Hignett prefers to ease the pressure on the club and its relegated players.

“Myself and Colin (Cooper) are very ambitious but we’re not getting carried away and we don’t want to put pressure on ourselves or the players at this stage,” he said.

“It will not be easy next season, far from it.

“But we are not here as a stop-gap – we’re here to be successful and to build something which can be for the long-term.

“I know what the Vic and what the town can be like if you do get it right.

“I had a good time here under Danny Wilson and enjoyed the end of the promotion season.

“So, for me, it’s nice to be back starting out on the management side of things at Pools.

“Of course we’ll be aiming as big as possible, but there’s a lot of hard work to be done before the season starts.

“We just want to get on with that now and give us the best possible chance of a successful year.”

Hignett, though, admits that Pools should not be afraid of the ambition he talks about.

And the 43-year-old points to the example of Yeovil Town, this season’s League One play-off victors.

“You look at Yeovil and you can be encouraged by what they’ve done – they are not much bigger than us,” he went on.

“It just shows that with some good additions and a good team spirit what can be done.

“That’s what we’ll need to do here, get that team spirit and togetherness going again.

“We need to give the players a bit of enthusiasm as well and get them excited for the season.

“Everyone is starting with a clean slate and this a fresh start for the club.”