From non-League to England and from St Kitts to the Congo, Mick Wadsworth's coaching cv is as wide as it is long. Since August the massively experienced one-time right hand man to the late, great Sir Bobby Robson has been caretaker Manager of npower League 1 club Hartlepool United - and loving every minute.
"I get my greatest enjoyment out of working with players on the training pitch," Wadsworth told football-league.co.uk, "and it's a pleasure to be working at a nice club like Hartlepool. When I came here it was as a coach, the training ground leader, and that's where I'm at my most efficient and effective.
"I like helping players and teams to improve and since I took over as caretaker I think that the lads here have shown an improvement. We've had some very good performances and although there have also been one or two disappointing results, I think we are showing good progress and long may it continue."
Pools are currently 17th in League 1, but after three seasons spent in the bottom half of the table following their 2007 promotion Wadsworth is confident that his side can push on to challenge for a much higher finish to the current campaign on the back of recent results such as the 2-0 win against promotion favourites Peterborough United.
"League 1 is a more compact division this season than I've known it for some time," said the caretaker boss, "and that's a situation we can take advantage of. You can't take any result for granted whichever team you're playing against, but if we keep working hard and retain focus we can certainly get ourselves up this table."
Wadsworth is bringing to the Victoria Ground 25 years of coaching experience having worked in every division of The Football League as well as being assistant Manager to Sir Bobby at Newcastle United in the Premier League - after working under him in the England set-up - and having several stints at club and national team levels abroad.
Yet the 59-year old said: "I've never been particularly ambitious and I'm certainly not a snob about where I work. They say that success in football is staying in a job and, unless you're one of the very top Managers, I think that's a truism. I just want to do my work on the training ground and see it come to fruition on match-days."
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