Caretaker boss Matthew Bates believes change is needed at Victoria Park – regardless of whether or not he remains at the club.

Having navigated Pools away from relegation danger, Bates is keen to land the managerial job on a permanent basis and has met with Raj Singh and Craig Hignett to put forward his case. And while there may be a change in the dugout, Bates believes that change is also needed on the pitch.

“I think that’s needed, to be honest,” he admitted. “For Hartlepool to finish where they’ve finished, says there has got to be big change.

“I’ve got my thoughts on that and we’ll see what happens in the next week or so. I don’t know what’s happening with myself and I don’t want to start saying who should and shouldn’t be here, when I’m just the caretaker.”

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