NEW caretaker manager Keith Curle has implored the need for Hartlepool United to get results as quickly as possible as he is tasked with lifting the club out of the League Two relegation zone.
Curle was given the reins at Suit Direct Stadium following the firing of Paul Hartley on Sunday. A nine-game winless streak has left them languishing in the bottom two of the division.
With plenty of time available to turn the season around, the decision was made to appoint Curle, who was a promotion winner with Northampton, in a bid to salvage the season.
However, Curle is not prepared for a rest period and understands that there must be an immediate improvement.
Asked what the goals are, he said: “Winning soccer games. It’s as simple as that. If you take a look at where we’re at as a team, it comes down to very quickly simplifying the message, we need to win games.
“In order to do that, we need to do more than we were doing previously. That is in no way detrimental to the old regimen, it’s just moving forward with where we are in the league, we need a clear mindset, a clear vision, good direction and a need to start winning games.
“There are different ways to win a football game, but first of all, you have to lead everyone in the right direction. We need to have a clear understanding.
“It is simplifying the message. It’s not about going in and reinventing the wheel. We concede goals and we don’t score enough, so we have to change both”.
His first game in charge comes this weekend when Pools hosts Gillingham at Suit Direct Stadium.
Curle is understood to have coveted the hot seat in Pools during his time in management, but has been on the opposition bench on a number of occasions. It has boded well for him in his new role, as he explained: “I have memories of coming here as a coach and all you used to do as an away coach was try to calm the crowd.
“What we want to do is make sure the crowd does its part. They need to raise the roof and we need to make sure we put on a performance so they can go home and say they’ve seen something that represents what they want. Commitment of effort, desire, passion and winning.”
At the start of the season, chairman Raj Singh was hopeful of mounting a play-off push in League Two this season and was prepared to invest in the team.
Nine games into the season, Curle did not say the club was embroiled in a relegation battle, but he understands the club’s current situation. “You have to be realistic. We are where we are and that does not scare you,” he added.
“We know where we are, but we know where we want to go. To get there, we need to win football matches. That need goes above the level of performance first and foremost.
“That’s why I’m here because I know how to win football games. There are different ways to win. Everyone wants to play a smooth, entertaining, engaging game where everyone gets the applause, but equally, when you’re not winning, you need to simplify your thinking. Get back to basics. I work hard, play in the middle of the opposition. When they have the ball, you want it.”