The Football League Paper - - JEFF STELLING -

AM I con­fi­dent Hartle­pool will beat the drop from League Two? No!

You can’t be sure of any­thing in foot­ball. We got a ter­ri­ble beat­ing by Bris­tol Rovers on Tues­day night af­ter do­ing ter­rif­i­cally well to draw with Northamp­ton at the week­end.

It looks like there are four of us in a dog­fight at the mo­ment. Some­one al­ways puts in a run and we’ve got to hope it’s us.

We’ve got home games with Da­gen­ham & Red­bridge and York City to come. They are cup fi­nals.

But I’ve got great faith in our man­ager, Craig Hignett.

He’s bright, breezy and in­spi­ra­tional – he’s got a great chance of be­ing a re­ally good man­ager.

His en­thu­si­asm and sense of hu­mour is in­fec­tious. He’s also got a lot of knowl­edge al­layed with that dry, Scouse be­lief. Though he had a fall­ing out at Mid­dles­brough, Ai­tor Karanka also thinks he will be­come a ter­rific man­ager.

It’s not just down to him, but the play­ers as well. Look­ing at our squad, we shouldn’t be any­where near this po­si­tion. But we are.

The guys on the panel give me a lot of sup­port. Even af­ter glit­ter­ing ca­reers, they re­alise how much my club means to me.

Last sea­son, dur­ing the Great Es­cape, we were los­ing at home when we equalised. My phone lit up and it was Phil Thomp­son say­ing, ‘Get in!’ and Char­lie Ni­cholas with ‘Come on!’

GET IN! Phil Thomp­son

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