Sam Collins: Hartlepool United interests must come first

Sam Collins
Collins was appointed joint-caretaker following Colin Cooper's exit

Caretaker manager Sam Collins says he is happy to make difficult decisions "in the best interests" of Hartlepool United during his spell in charge.

Collins moved defender Matthew Bates into midfield and made goalkeeper Scott Flinders captain for Saturday's win at Exeter City.

He has also promoted youth, with eight of the match-day 18 named from the club's academy system.

"I'm not scared of upsetting people," Collins told BBC Tees.

Hartlepool caretaker manager Sam Collins on the return of Brian Honour:
"I've seen him play and know what he's about as a person, that enthusiasm will rub off on the players."

"The most important thing is Hartlepool United winning football matches and we start climbing the table.

"Whichever way I go about doing that, I'll do it because it's in the best interests of the team, the players, fans and staff.

"At this moment in time I'm in charge of that and I'll do it how I see is right."

Since taking over managerial duties alongside goalkeeping coach Stephen Pears following the departure of former boss Colin Cooper, Collins has helped Pools to a first win in six and a creditable 2-1 defeat by Sheffield United in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

The pair have also brought former Pools player Brian Honour on to the staff on a short-term basis this week in a bid to pull clear of the League Two strugglers.

"I know how much our fans think of him and I wanted to tap into that with regards to getting the best out of the players," he added.

"I think at this minute in time where we're trying to get a reaction from everyone, having someone like Brian around will help a little bit.

"I've seen him play and know what he's about as a person, that enthusiasm will rub off on the players."

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