Almost two weeks since Hartlepool United’s last competitive match, manager Dave Challinor is already getting restless.

Set-piece routines have been replaced by TV box-sets following football’s suspension due to the coronavirus outbreak.

With the country on lockdown, the Hartlepool players are having to train independently and have agreed to take a 20 per-cent pay cut. Several non-playing staff members have been made redundant due to the financial implications of the suspension.

United have played 39 National League games during the 2019-20 campaign which leaves them sitting ninth in the table.

“I love my job and it’s strange because with the way my family is, our life revolves around football,” he told BBC Radio Tees Sport.

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