Jeff Stelling is well known for getting carried away over football – but the Soccer Saturday host says that his excitement is reaching a whole new level ahead of 2018/19.
There is little over two weeks until the big kick-off in the National League and Pools have enjoyed a successful summer in the transfer market, bringing in no fewer than nine new recruits.
Stelling played a key role in Raj Singh’s successful takeover at Victoria Park last season and also invested some of his own cash to ensure the deal went through and the Club was saved.
Now there is a renewed sense of optimism developing around the town and the anticipation for the new campaign is growing with every passing day – for the fans and for Stelling himself.
“I more excited than ever!” he admitted.
“I never thought I would be in the situation where I’ve put money in to the Football Club, it wasn’t what I’d ever envisaged.
“I’m really excited and I’m going to try and get to as many games as humanly possible – even though I wasn’t a great bearer of good luck when I got to games last season!
“I don’t think I saw us win at home - though I did see us play well quite a few times, mainly away from home at the likes of Macclesfield Town and Boreham Wood where we got good results.
“I’m really looking forward to it all starting again though and I will be there as often as I can.”
Some encouraging performances during pre-season have helped lift the mood and expectation around The Vic ahead of the return of National League football at the beginning of August.
Stelling has insisted that the solid foundations which are in place at the Club now that have perhaps been lacking in the recent past will provide the players with the best possible platform to achieve their goals.
“Nobody can ever give any guarantees about what is going to happen on the field because that’s football,” he admitted.
“But the one guarantee I can certainly give the fans is that we’re all pulling in one direction and anything we do will be for the good of the Football Club and not the owners or individuals.
“Every decision taken will be for the Club, which hasn’t necessarily been the case with certain, recent regimes.
“We’re all on the same side and, boy, do we need the fans’ support to see us through what has been the most difficult period in the Club’s history – so let’s all pull together and enjoy it.”