Hartlepool United manager John Hughes says he won't walk away from the club despite their relegation to League Two.
Pools and Portsmouth will drop into the bottom tier of the Football League next season after Oldham beat Yeovil 1-0 at Boundary Park on Tuesday night. The result left both teams eight points adrift of safety with just two games left to play, thus confirming their demotion.
Chairman Ken Hodcroft said in a statement on Wednesday that it was the club's 'League One funeral'. However, Hughes - who took over from Neale Cooper in October last year - told ITV News that he has no intention of leaving Victoria Park. He said:
– John Hughes, Hartlepool United Manager
"I'm part of it and you don't walk away from a sinking ship. It's in my DNA to be part of it and get success to the club.
"I owe it to them. I'm always appreciative that Hartlepool gave me an opportunity to come down here, and you have to repay that.
I"m not going to walk away from my responsibilities."
Hughes added that he's already looking ahead to the next campaign, with the aim of getting Hartlepool promoted back to League One. He said: "We need to get together, stay united, and bang our heads together to bring the best and take Hartlepool in the right direction."
Pools host Brenford in their final home match of the season on Saturday.
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