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Team spirit key for Pools, says Turner

25 October 2012

Hartlepool's new manager must quickly rebuild player confidence and team spirit if the club is to turn their season around, says former boss Chris Turner.

Pools are searching for their fifth manager in the last four years following Neale Cooper's decision to resign after his side's winless run had been stretched to 11 matches with defeat at bottom club Bury on Tuesday night.

Turner, now chief executive at Chesterfield, who quit his second spell as Pools manager in August 2010, said: "I love Hartlepool and I love the club.

"I've played for them twice and had two spells as manager and always look for their results, but I've a very good job here at Chesterfield and it's a job for someone else.

"There's always been a great team spirit and a great feeling about Hartlepool as a club, but it's looking pretty bleak at the moment and whoever comes in has to quickly gel that squad together and get the fans with them.

"It's still early in the season and they can get out of trouble, but the longer they go without a win the bigger the problem becomes.

"Over the last two seasons Pools' home form has let them down. Victoria Park for a number of years was a real fortress, but I think previous manager Mick Wadsworth lost 10 or 11 at home on the spin last season and it's not really improved since then."

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