Dave Jones may have only been appointed as Pools boss less than two weeks ago but he’s wasted no time at all getting his feet under the table and is already stamping his authority on the Club.
Having managed at highest level, won promotion and led teams out in cup finals, Jones knows what elements are required to build a successful football club from top to bottom.
His arrival has sparked a change in mindset for everyone – both on and off the pitch – as the experienced boss gets his teeth in to achieving the remit set out by Chairman Gary Coxall.
Jones revealed during his official unveiling as boss that “building football clubs” is something he enjoys doing and he’s already started putting his plans in place at Pools.
Already a summer relocation from the current Maiden Castle training base to one down the road at The Racecourse has been brought forward, with Jones eager to get things moving immediately.
Whilst the Club will continue to have full access to all facilities at Maiden Castle when required, the need for more privacy and professionalism was the driving force behind the change.
As well as spending time reshaping the training set-up, Jones and his assistants have also regularly been the last ones out of the door back at The Northern Gas and Power Stadium – even once being accidentally locked in during a particularly late evening in the office.
“The Chairman wants me to change the culture of the Football Club,” Jones explained.
“That will take a bit of time but I am wielding the stick around already because the quicker we get things done the quicker it will benefit the players and the Football Club as a whole so we’re all working hard towards it.
“Where we are now at Maiden Castle is a fantastic facility but it’s very public. I was in the changing room one day last week and it felt like about 300 people arrived from all over the country to play sport here.
“This move will give us more privacy and we can be a bit more organised in what we’re doing because we won’t have to wait for a certain area to become available – it will be ours.
“That’s the culture we’re trying to change; it will be a bit more in-house and we can actually do what we want to do.
“Maiden Castle is a fantastic facility and we’ll keep dipping in and dipping out – but if we all want to eat together we can’t because the dining room may be full and have to go in dribs and drabs.
“Down at The Racecourse we will have our own building, our own pitches and that’s a big part of building a Football Club – if you have that facility then you go a long way to achieving what you want to.”