Top Man in the Job


The good news this month is manager Dave Challinor signing a three-year contract which gives the club the stability it needs.

Owner Raj Singh has done some great work and is getting the club run on a professional basis besides bringing in a Chief Operating Executive and two more directors.

How different to when Coxall and his cronies had their fingers in the pie and very nearly killed the club off. That episode does not reflect well on Ken Hodcroft and Co., who sold the club to this bunch of shysters and not for the first time they had done it yet Hodcroft still seems a big favourite with a section of the fans.

Let us just be thankful we have Mr Singh in control of the club and better times are certainly on the way with Challinor in the manager's seat. We have made an excellent start to the season with Challinor working with a small budget yet bringing in players who are doing a reasonable job. Granted we could still do with a regular goal scorer, but who couldn't?

The goalkeeper still does nothing to inspire confidence and I am surprised new signing Jonathan Mitchell has not been given a run in the team as he looks quite useful. With Dimi Konstantopolous coaching him hopefully we will see more improvement.
"Pools having been looking a match for most teams we have faced this season and do not appear to have anything to fear."

Gary Liddle has been a loyal servant to the club but it looks like age is catching up with him. Which makes it a bit of a surprise Lawlor has gone out on loan to Bromley but with Luke Hendrie and Eddie Jones being brought into the squad we appear to be well covered in this area. Mike Fondop looks a promising signing up front but he needs someone alongside him to add some firepower. Although we have Cullen, Goodwin, Olomola, Grey and Luke Molyneux who has been used up front to good use.

Of course we can't get anyone in on loan or permanent signing until January but a free agent could still be signed on. One such player who has been training with the club is JJ Hooper who is from the North East and has a good scoring record in the National League.

It remains to be seen whether Challinor will appoint an assistant manager to replace Joe Parkinson. Clint Hill has been helping out and would be an outstanding appointment with an impressive playing record behind him and good knowledge of the modern game.

Pools having been looking a match for most teams we have faced this season and do not appear to have anything to fear. Jamie Sterry has had a sensational start to the season and looks a class apart from this division. And Francis Angol has slotted into the defence like he has played there for years.

As long as Challinor can keep turning up players like these two the future will continue to look bright for Pools, And the crowds are turning out to watch them. Very impressive figures at The Vic this season.

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