Hartlepool squad handled manager change - Micky Barron

Hartlepool United interim manager Micky Barron believes the players have coped well with the managerial upheaval at the club so far this season.

Former head coach Mick Wadsworth was sacked earlier this month after Pools' 1-0 defeat by Preston, their seventh defeat in as many home games.

"It's easier for the players. They're used to managers coming and going," Barron told BBC Look North.

"They just get on, come into training and get ready for the next game."

Barron added: "It's the life of a manager.

"You don't stay around too long - either because you've done really well or because things have gone against you."

Since taking over in a caretaker capacity Barron has lost his first two matches at Brentford and home to Colchester.

Meanwhile Pools' away form has been the bedrock of their 14th place position in League One this season, just two defeats in 10 on the road this season.

It has been in contrast to the home form, which after an unbeaten run of five matches at the beginning of the campaign, has subsequently turned sour with eight straight defeats at Victoria Park for Barron and his players.

"It's one of those runs that we can't really put our finger on, and we're desperate to end it because we want to entertain our fans," he said.

"It gets into players' minds when they're about to shoot that we need to score; they might snatch at things or not make those sorts of runs to get into situations because of that.

"But it's our jobs to prepare them for the games mentally as well as physically, to get them confident to go on and score goals."

Pools travel to Oldham Athletic on 26 December.

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