Next Game

Newport v Hartlepool

Friday, 03 April 2015, 15:00

Sky Bet League 2

Last Game

Hartlepool 2 - 1 Cambridge Utd

Saturday, 28 March 2015, 15:00

Sky Bet League 2

Pool season ticket sales vital

Hartlepool season-ticket sales will determine how much new manager Colin Cooper will have to spend on new players this summer.

Last Updated: 04/06/13 at 14:48

Victoria Park: Attendance will affect the club's budget

Victoria Park: Attendance will affect the club's budget

Former Middlesbrough coach Cooper and assistant Craig Hignett were recently installed as Pools' new management team following relegation to npower League Two and the subsequent sacking of predecessor John Hughes.

Hodcroft warned relegation and the Football League's new Salary Cost Management scheme will restrict the amount of money all clubs can spend on players next season, but added Cooper and Hignett, currently on a charity climb of Kilimanjaro, will be strengthening the squad.

"Their task will not be easy as funding for new players will be restricted by the stark reality of our return to League Two after six years and, of course, Salary Cost Management in League Two means we can only spend 55 per cent of our turnover on player's wages," Hartlepool chairman Ken Hodcroft said in a statement on the club's official website.

"So income into the club from all sources is important (especially from advertising and season-ticket sales).

"At the time of writing we do not know what the 55 per cent is as income (committed and projected) for season 2013/14 is still not known.

"Once the figures are compiled the club will then need the agreement and approval of them from the Football League. Poor income (actual and projected) will mean less to spend for Colin."

Hodcroft added: "If the number is low there will be no point saying: 'Cooper does not have the support and backing of myself or the owners'.

"Colin will have that support, but if the Football League says no to a player or a loanee, then Colin will have to make do with what he has.

"However, he is currently looking to bring in some new faces and we will work hard to justify them within our predicted income stream to the Football League before August. There will be a more detailed statement from the club on League Two salary capping in the next few days."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

S

hould have stayed because we carried him for 6.5 years. And then he has a breakthrough season, and was gone soon after. MU fans, you would be as disgusted had C Ronaldo left in 2007 and not 2009.

godof86
Is Van Persie Slipping Sadly Into The Night?

G

ood grief. Someone guessed that the form English player at the moment might be in his national side with some other players? And that's espionage? Now if they discovered that Emile Heskey was going to be in the starting line up.... at right back.... THAT would be espionage. Give it a rest Roy.

RogerRedHat
Hodgson hits out at Kane leak

H

e may get away with if Liverpool can swap the video with one of Skrtel dancing or something, but if they review the one shown on TV he's screwed.

hump3.
Skrtel denies violent conduct

Footer 365

Real Madrid sign Porto full-back Danilo

Real Madrid have completed the signing of Brazil international right-back Danilo from Porto on a six-year deal.

England manager Roy Hodgson said he was satisfied with draw in Italy

England boss Roy Hodgson said he was “satisfied” as his side came from behind to earn a 1-1 draw with Italy in Turin.

Netherlands 2-0 Spain: De Vrij and Klaassen goals beat European champions

Netherlands struck twice in four first-half minutes to record a 2-0 friendly win over Spain in Amsterdam on Tuesday.

Mail Box

Why Do Arsenal Have So Many 'Internet Warriors'?

The Mailbox has an open letter from Liverpool's Raheem Sterling, questions Phil Jones' bulldog spirit and asks: "Why do Arsenal have so many "internet warriors?"

It's All Just A Ruse By The 'Southern Press'...

A varied Tuesday morning Mailbox, with thoughts on the England U21s, a Sterling ruse, Kane realism, Wenger coaching youth and enjoying the charity match...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company