Dave Jones has told his players they require absolute focus for the final month of the season and he wants to see that on display when they make the trip to Morecambe on Saturday.
Three successive defeats to sides chasing promotion to League One have seen Pools slip closer to the bottom two prior to this weekend’s assignment at The Globe Arena.
And Jones has been making sure the squad are fully aware that it marks the start of a six-game period which is crucial to his long-term plans at The Northern Gas and Power Stadium.
“Everyone knows how important the games are between now and the end of the season,” Jones told Pools PlayerHD.
“We’ll remind them but that’s all it is because I think they all understand the importance and we just have to keep trying to build and get the points we need to keep us safe.
“The players have a responsibility to the Football Club, we all do, so the sooner we can get safe the sooner we can start to look forward for more things to do.
“The only thing predictable about this level of football is the unpredictability so we have to focus on ourselves and try to eliminate the mistakes we’ve been making – the only way you do that is by working hard.”
Jones is looking forward to locking horns with Jim Bentley’s Morecambe this weekend, given it’s a club which helped him cut his teeth for more than two decades in professional management.
After playing and coaching with both Southport and Mossley, Jones arrived at Morecambe in a similar capacity in the late-1980s, spending half a season there before moving on to success at Stockport County.
“I was there as a player coach and have fond memories of it because we won some trophies,” he explained.
“That was the start of my grounding in my coaching career because Morecambe was the last club I went to before moving back in to full time football.
“They were trying to get out of the division, they were building a club and I am glad they achieved that, it’s fantastic for them.”
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