Craig Hignett has reflected on a traumatic week for all connected with the Club and insisted that the hard work must continue to stamp out all forms of discrimination at Victoria Park.
The Pools boss has admitted that the days since the events which unfolded in last weekend’s game against Dover Athletic had been trying, but vowed that they would make him and the Club stronger.
Hignett is energised by the prospect of a return to football matters at Eastleigh on Saturday, but remains adamant that there is a responsibility on everyone to keep delivering the message that racism in any form isn’t welcome at The Vic.
“After the week we’ve had at the Club, it’s nice to be able to concentrate on the football and look to try and get a result on Saturday,” Hignett told Pools TV.
“I think it’s been the most difficult week I have ever had as a manager – and I’ve had some difficult weeks at this Football Club.
“It’s been tough. To see players upset and the Football Club hurting the way it was is not nice because this Club and I go back along way and I hate to see anything bad happen to it.
“The light in which it was shown last week isn’t representative of what the Club is about, the people who work there nor the people who run the Club or play for it.
“When something like that happens, you’ve got to be strong and come out and say exactly what you feel – the Club did that by sending out a really strong message.
“Work will continue now. Everyone got behind the stand we made on Tuesday and the togetherness was fantastic, but the work can’t stop, it needs to keep going on.
“It might not make the headlines every week but, behind the scenes, we have to make sure we’re doing everything we can to show that people like that aren’t welcome at our Football Club.”