Next Game

Hartlepool v Oxford Utd

Saturday, 20 December 2014, 15:00

Sky Bet League 2

Pirelli Stadium

Last Game

Burton Alb 4 - 0 Hartlepool

Saturday, 13 December 2014, 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

C

heck Opta stats.... Sterling is already better than Alexis on pace and creativity and when he can match him physically he will be ten times the player Sanchez ever was or will be!!

hoggylfc
Rodgers: Sterling can be striker

I

expect Pulis to have a nice Christmas dinner with his family- probably all sitting around the table wearing Christmas themed baseball caps, before he gets the call. Realistically he could end up at any number of clubs, it'll be interesting to see which club folds first.

mark.m
For Foxes' Sake, Call The Pulis...

A

s a Liverpool fan, I personally hate Palace. My pick would probably be Arsenal, which is funny because it seems the vast majority of their own fans don't even like them right now.

mark.m
Who Has Got The Likeability Factor?

Footer 365

Liverpool: Gerrard says Rodgers must take criticism on chin

Steven Gerrard says Brendan Rodgers has to take criticism on the chin when "people are trying to kill you".

Steven Gerrard: Raheem Sterling should sign deal and become Liverpool great

Raheem Sterling should commit his long-term future to Liverpool and become an Anfield great, according to Steven Gerrard.

Premier League: Mario Balotelli handed one-match ban for social media post

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has been given a one-match ban by the FA after his controversial post on social media.

Mail Box

Gonna Party Like It's Your Birthday...

There are an awful lot of folk claiming to share their birthdays with Lionel Messi or Ronaldo, while we have an Arsenal fan who doesn't want to be liked and more...

Manager Of The Month, My A***...

We have a Newcastle fan having a pop at his manager, some mild reaction to last night at Bournemouth, a justication of that Falcao cost and why the Neviller rules...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property