Hartlepool United’s players want to prove to new owner Raj Singh that caretaker manager Matthew Bates is worthy of the job on a permanent basis – and also secure their own futures at the club.

Singh was announced as the club’s new owner on Saturday, just before the home game against Solihull Moors. Pools couldn’t take advantage of the feelgood factor, as they slipped to a late defeat at Victoria Park as Solihull scored an 88th-minute winner to spoil the party. it was the second game in succession that Hartlepool had lost late on against a team fighting against relegation, and it put a dent in Bates’s hopes of securing the manager’s job on a full-time basis.

However, having steered the club to the verge of safety with three wins and two draws last month, and winning the National League’s Manager of the Month award for March in the process, Bates has signalled his ability to handle the hotseat. Now, goalkeeper Scott Loach says he – and the rest of the squad – want to finish the season strongly to impress Singh and new director of football Craig Hignett, and show that they and Bates can be the right partnership for the following campaign.

“It will have a positive impact,” said Loach about the takeover. “But we want to get the job cemented for Batesy if we can.”

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