Hartlepool United boss Matthew Bates has underlined his ambitions for 2018/19 – with stability the key component.
It’s been a tumultuous time at Victoria Park over the last 12 months, which started when Pools dropped out of the Football League for the first time in their history. Threats of administration, liquidation, phoenix clubs, ownership wrangles, takeovers falling through, then going through, the threat of dropping out of the league, if the club remains solvent – the season had the lot. Now under a new owner, with a new board of directors, chief executive, chairman, director of football and manager, Bates is hopeful that stability will rein supreme next season.
“This season is about stabilisation,” said 31-year-old Bates, who was appointed alongside first-team coach Ged McNamee and Ross Turnbull last Friday. “There is no real pressure on me to go out and get promoted.”
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