Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Danny Making Bad Times Pay for Pool

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Danny Making Bad Times Pay for Pool

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Byline: By Stuart Rayner

Thirteen years in management have taught Danny Wilson not to get carried away by the good times, but the Hartlepool United boss believes the game's less pleasant experiences have made him what he is today: manager of English professional football's in-form side.

Hartlepool go into this afternoon's visit of Hereford United unbeaten in 18 league games (winning 16) and three points clear at the top of League Two, with Wilson the division's manager of the month.

Throughout the Wigan-born 47-year-old's career celebration has always been quickly followed by commiseration, however.

He took Barnsley into the Premiership with football the Oakwell fans claimed was "just like watching Brazil" in 1997, only to be relegated 12 months later.

His reputation largely undamaged by losing a fight against the odds, Wilson returned his beloved Sheffield Wednesday but was unable to halt their decline. In each of his three seasons at Bristol City Wilson led the Robins to the League One play-offs until the board lost patience with his inability to go beyond them.

Milton Keynes Dons sacked him after last season's relegation, only for Wilson to reappear at one of the sides which went down with them, Hartlepool. So it is little wonder Wilson sees nothing in black and white.

"It's been an interesting career so far ( ups and down, highs and lows," he admits. "But I liken a manager's career to that of a footballer.

"At Barnsley, everyone said Danny Wilson was the next bright young manager, the manager with the magic touch. They say that about 17-year-olds who make an immediate impact, but football's not that simple. There are always going to be setbacks, and I've had a few.

"I got plenty of praise at Barnsley and Bristol City. Sheffield Wednesday and Milton Keynes, in contrast, were difficult. …

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