Caretaker Micky Barron seeks Hartlepool fans' backing

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Hartlepool United caretaker manager Micky Barron has asked fans to back his side and have faith in his plans for the club.

The 36-year-old took charge at Victoria Park following Mick Wadsworth's exit earlier this month, but saw his side beaten at Brentford last weekend.

"I've got to try to put my own stamp on it," Barron told BBC Tees.

"Whether it works or not we'll see. I want people to come along and be open-minded about what we're trying to do."

Barron, who played 377 games for Pools over 12 years, was previously Wadsworth's assistant, having retired as a player at the end of the 2008-09 season.

"Some people will say I was with Mick, so I'll do exactly what Mick would do, but that's not going to be the case,"

"I've got my own ideas. A lot of the good stuff Mick did we'll keep - I want us to play good football, to pass the ball around and create chances."

In addition to Wadsworth's departure, goalkeeping coach Gary Walsh has moved on Hull City with former Darlington keeper Andy Collett coming in as replacement.

"I've known Gary for a long time, since we were at Middlesbrough.

"He's a massive character, good to have around, the lads enjoyed being with him, and with Mick leaving it was difficult for everyone," said Barron.

"Andy made some wonderful saves in derby games, and he's another player I've known for a long time.

"It was important to get someone in as quickly as we could, someone who had the pedigree and character to fill Gary's boots.

"Hopefully the keepers will enjoy working with him and progress as well."

You can hear the full interview with Micky Barron on BBC Tees Sport this Friday, 16 December from 18:00.

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