Craig Harrison has admitted that there is huge excitement in the Pools camp ahead of the new season but insists the players must control that when they take to the pitch on Saturday.
The Pools boss is looking forward to the big kick-off against Dover Athletic as much as anyone and is fully aware how crucial a good start to the new campaign could be.
After a hugely positive summer off the pitch, there is a real anticipation building for the weekend’s game and Harrison is keen to ensure his team play with their heads as well as their hearts.
“The preparation has been done, we’re ready for the game and it’s very exciting,” Harrison told Pools PlayerHD.
“We’ve got to make sure we’re as professional as we and not get too carried away – it’s three points and it’s one game but I know it’s important that we start well.
“This game won’t define the season but there will definitely be a feelgood factor if we can get the three points tomorrow to kick us on because there are lots of games in the first two months.
“We have a job to do and, as much we want to get pumped up, we can’t let our emotions run too high and let it take away from our gameplan.
“We will be up for it but we have to let our heads rule our hearts in terms of what we’re going to try and do.”
Harrison has been in the role at Pools for less than two months but is already feeling at home at Victoria Park and back in his native North-East.
With plenty of support from not only fans but family and friends at Saturday’s game, he has admitted that he would love to crown his debut as boss with a winning performance.
“I will be hugely proud tomorrow.
“I think I have been here seven weeks now and it’s been a real roller-coaster ride but in a positive way so now we want to carry that on in to the season.
“I was proud when I was announced as Manager of this Football Club and hopefully when the final whistle goes on Saturday I can be even more proud at having my first home win in front our fantastic crowd.”