Hartlepool United Chairman happy with Mick Wadsworth

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HARTLEPOOL chairman Ken Hodcroft today gave his clearest indication yet that Mick Wadsworth will continue in charge at Victoria Park next season.

Wadwsorth has done a superb job in his first year in charge.

Pools look safe in 13th place in League One and recently were as high as eighth – a far cry from the last two campaigns when the club survived by the skin of their teeth on the last day.

Wadsworth has been in charge of the side since the fourth league game of the programme after the shock resignation of director of sport Chris Turner.

But the Yorkshireman’s title has never changed from first-team coach and he has been assisted by youth boss Micky Barron and testimonial man Ritchie Humphreys.

“Mick’s done a great job,” Hodcroft said. “He’s always been a top coach.

“First and foremost he sees himself as a coach, and he’s said that himself, rather than a manager. He likes it on the training field and I think he’s relished the role we have given him.

“Everyone was saying ‘when are you going to get a manager?’,” said Hodcroft.

“But we decided that we weren’t going to appoint a manager because we were happy with what was going on.”

“Only at the end of the season will we look at our players and look at Mick, and what he’d like to do.

“We’ve got to look at whether we want to create a position of manager or do we just leave it as a first-team coach position.

“We’ve got a lot of work to do because a lot of players contracts are up and so is Mick’s. But it’s always been our policy that the club does not make any decisions until after the end of the season.”

Hodcroft explained that he has been pleased with the progress under Wadsworth.

“We have had some good games and we’ve had some shocking ones and it’s been quite topsy-turvy at times,” said the chairman.

“But we are on 50 points now before the end of March! And if we finish on 53, 54, 55 points or whatever we get, that is a vast improvement on the last couple of seasons when we’ve struggled.”