After a frantic couple of months at Hartlepool United, caretaker manager Matthew Bates is set to be rewarded with a full-time managerial contract following the clubs successful fight against relegation.

The Hartlepool United managers seat is no longer empty

A fantastic 1-0 win against Leyton Orient ensured Hartlepool United would not be the second North East side to suffer from back-to-back relegations in 2018.

When Bates’ took charge, the future looked bleak at Hartlepool United, crippling debt and a team falling down the National League like a skydiver without a parachute. The man expected to keep them up, had managed just one game in his entire career.

Now, that very same man boasts the best win-ratio of any Pools’ coach since 2008 and will remarkably earn himself a full-time contract at the North-East club under new owner Raj Singh.

His managerial career started off poorly with two losses against top half sides, Ebbsfleet and Aldershot Town. However, the former Middlesbrough defenders side burst into life going undefeated in their next six and eventually securing safety and ending their season with a 2-1 win over promoted side – Tranmere Rovers.


When speaking to boss Matthew Bates’ about the clubs survival he had this say:

“It’s a big relief, it’s a big weight off the shoulders for everyone, I feel proud, of myself, of the lads of everyone really.” I think people underestimate what them lads have had to put up with but the effort and the results they’ve gained, it’s remarkable.”

Bates’ went on to credit his players on their achievements this season but insisted the club should never be associated with relegation from the national league again.

“It’s a great achievement, it really is. I don’t want to go over the top about it because it’s nothing something the club should be associated with.” When I took charge, we were even money to go down, everything was against us and we’ve gone well to come back from that.” before admitting he was cautious about taking the Pools’ job but explained he was always confident about their survival stating:

“Yeah, I think any new job, you never know how your going to do about it but I think there was always a confidence that we were going to stay up.”

Meanwhile, Sunderland Echo journalist and Hartlepool fan, Richard Mennear had this to say about the clubs survival:

“Difficult season for Pools on and off the pitch, results haven’t been good enough, performances haven’t been good enough even before the financial problems hit really. It looked like the club might go into administration but thankfully, we’ve won our battles on and off the pitch this season.”

When asked about Bates’ future at the club, Mennear was honest, stating he didn’t expect the former defender to get the role but believes the caretaker has done a fantastic job this season:

“I didn’t think Bates’ would get the Pools’ job, but you can’t argue with his record, he’s won half the games he’s managed since taking over and given he’s not had any budget and a very small squad, he has done an excellent job.”