Hartlepool United have got six weeks to restore to some pride on the park – that’s the view of skipper Carl Magnay.

But most of all the defender admits there is a determination within the squad to make sure Pools’ name is not added to to a lengthening list of Football League teams to suffer the dreaded double drop. Speaking to the National League’s official website, the 29-year-old said:

“I think everyone is aware of the threat of relegation – and not just relegation, but the size of the league that the National League North now is. People keep saying ‘York City’ and I respect why they would.

“Like us they came down from League Two and have struggled. They didn’t expect to go straight down and neither did we, but they did and we have got to be wary of it.

“York are a big club and unlike us didn’t have the big off-field issues. We do, so we aren’t fooling ourselves.

“Nobody wants to go down, there’s nobody sitting here saying ‘well with the financial problems if could be the best thing’. We need to stay up.”

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