Hartlepool United managerial candidate Matthew Bates believes his squad have over-achieved.

The Pools caretaker, who guided the club to National League safety in the final few weeks of the season, thinks that due to the squad size, injuries and a whole host of other mitigating circumstances that what has been achieved of late is nothing short of a miracle. And as a result, that further underlines his credentials, as he vies for the job full time.

“The players now go away for a break, whoever the manager will be will have to start to plan for next season,” said Bates. “It’s been working with a very small group of players and I don’t think I could do any more.

“I thanked them in the dressing room for their efforts. They have been great for me and I’m sure whatever happens to me in the next few days I am proud of what we have achieved.

“The players have done great. I’m sick of praising them really! I said before people don’t necessarily realise what has gone on behind the scenes this season, how small the squad has been and how few options we have had.

“We have had injuries and finished eight points ahead of relegation and probably not many people will have thought that when I took over, so it’s a great achievement.”

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