MICK Wadsworth will today ask his players if they actually do care about Hartlepool United, writes Craig Hope.
The manager is at a loss to offer a reason for a run of four straight home defeats, the latest being Saturday’s 4-0 drubbing at the hands of league leaders Charlton Athletic.
The slump is in danger of plunging Pools into trouble at the wrong end of League One and Wadsworth admits he is thankful for the early-season points haul.
And when the squad reconvene at Maiden Castle today, the first-team coach will demand to know if his men have the heart to resurrect their faltering campaign.
“In everything that I have done in my life, all the people I’ve met and all the tough times I’ve been through, the one thing that sees you through is strength of character and personality – talent is of second nature,” Wadsworth, pictured below, said.
“Hartlepool always has been a tough town, a tough team, a tough area and I’m disappointed that we aren’t like that.
“Ask yourself if you care enough?
“I think they do, I genuinely think they do, but we have to find a way to get back to what we were doing because at the moment it’s just not good enough – it’s unacceptable.”
Saturday’s reverse was a fifth in six matches and saw Pools slip to 13th, having been as high as third just last month.