Craig Hignett has issued an ultimatum to his Hartlepool United players – shape up, or you’ll be shipped out, the Hartlepool Mail report.

The Pools boss was deeply disappointed by his players’ performances in the 1-0 loss at Barrow’s Holker Street, with his side outclassed and outgunned from minute one to 90.

And he has offered any player the chance to walk away, if they’re not up for the fight at the Super 6 Stadium.

He said: “At times we played with a real lack of thought, and a real lack of desire.

“A few choice words have been spoken – I have told them how I feel in the dressing room.

“I need people here who I can trust.

“I can accept a player having a bad game, it happens, but I want them giving 100%, week-in, week-out.”

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