Pools legend Brian Honour is already looking forward to the new season and he says that 2017/18 could be a rebirth for the Club.
Hello everyone and welcome along to my latest Blog here on the Official Website.
I think, like every Pools fan at that game against Doncaster at the end of the season, I have gone through every emotion possible. It was the ecstasy of the goals, following by the sadness and heartache, and then probably anger when thinking about how it could all have been avoided.
I said on-air during the Pools PlayerHD commentary that when we went 2-1 up I really did get caught up in the moment and the emotions got the better of me. If I’m being honest, I was probably guilty of thinking it was job done and I forgot all about the fact that events at Rodney Parade could play a part, which is sadly how it panned out.
We had everything that afternoon. It was a poor first half but then an excellent second half, a super-sub, a pitch invasion, time added on and an incredible atmosphere. I said at the time, I have seen some big games down the years but I have never seen The Vic like that in terms of atmosphere, passion and fervour. I think we were all just totally drained by the end of it.
Our relegation has come on the back of a slow demise following our relegation from League One, if we’re being honest. We’ve had Great Escapes and just missed out on going down before but we just haven’t been winning games consistently enough – ultimately that has cost us.
The realisation has set in for me now though. We are where we are and now it’s all about looking forward and making sure we give ourselves the best chance of putting the job right. We can’t affect what’s happened in the past; this Club has a fantastic history and now it has to all be focused on the next chapter. It’s all well and good being angry but it won’t get you anywhere, it is time to clear the head and get on with putting it right.
The new Manager, Craig Harrison, has come in to the Club now and that seems like a very, very positive move. Seeing his interviews, he comes across as a very positive, hard-working and forward-thinking manager so I am really looking forward to meeting him.
There’s no doubt about it that’s he’s a winner. He’s used to coaching a team that goes out and wins games so that in itself makes this a positive and great move in my opinion. It doesn’t matter about the level, he’s been with a full-time team on the training ground and every day – and it takes a special manager and special players to maintain that hunger and drive to win like they have been doing at TNS. What was it, 15 trophies in five years? That’s nothing short of incredible.
Having said that, it is going to be a tough season. I have friends who are Pools fans and they’ve suggested to me that we should walk the National League. Well, I am afraid it won’t be like that. We have to embrace the level because there are lots of clubs who are similar to us and have found it hard to get out. Look at Tranmere Rovers – they got 95 points last season and didn’t get promoted so that’s the task that lies ahead. It’s an unforgiving league.
However, if we can get close to the atmosphere we had in that Doncaster game then that can give us a massive edge. And I am more than sure that if we can be challenging at the top end of the table for the play-offs or promotion, then the Poolies will get right behind the Club and the team.
It doesn’t matter about the league, if we’re playing entertaining football and winning games then the fans will be there. It could lead to a great season that can act as a springboard for us to come back stronger and that’s how I am looking at it now.
Over the last five years it’s been a bit like Groundhog Day when we’ve not had that success so hopefully this can be the rebirth of the Club. I am looking forward to going to the Barrows and the Gatesheads, and also welcoming them to The Vic.
I am over the fact we’re relegated and now I am just looking to enjoy the summer, see a couple of good signings arrive at the Club and then we’ll be raring to go again in 2017/18. I honestly can’t wait to meet the gaffer because everyone I have spoken to about him has been ultra-positive.
It’s always been my dream to be able to dance up Wembley Way with the Poolies one way or another – who knows, that could happen this season? There’s certainly a chance.
Enjoy your summer, everyone!