Lee Bradbury focused on Havant & Waterlooville despite holding Hartlepool job talks

Hawks manager Lee Bradbury has held talks with Hartlepool. Picture: Ian Hargreaves
Hawks manager Lee Bradbury has held talks with Hartlepool. Picture: Ian Hargreaves
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Lee Bradbury insists he is fully focused on the Hawks ahead of the crunch Vanarama National League home clash with Braintree Town.

The manager is adamant he won't allow himself to be distracted despite The News understanding he has held talks with Hartlepool United over their vacant manager position.

Hartlepool were granted permission by the Hawks to speak with their manager.

It is understood Bradbury flew up north and had a good interview for the post.

He is a strong favourite with the bookies for the job.

If he is offered the position then the Hawks manager will be facing a very a very difficult decision.

He is ambitious and would love to get back to managing in the Football League after his previous experience with AFC Bournemouth.

Though Hartlepool are a full-time outfit and command a bigger budget they are still at the end of the day at the same level as the Hawks.

The situation is likely to be resolved early next week.

Until then Bradbury is concentrating on getting the Hawks back to winning ways.

They have a crucial match against basement side Braintree on Saturday and will be hoping to pick up three important points in the fight to get clear of the relegation places.

The Hawks boss said: ‘Out of respect for both clubs my energies are all going into beating Braintree.

‘At the moment all I am concerned about is making sure the Hawks pick up three points.

‘I won't allow myself to get sidetracked.

‘It is the only way I know to do the job.

‘Since day one I have given 100 per cent to the cause and nothing has changed that.

‘The same applies to the players who must be prepared to go out there and get the job done.

‘This is a massive game for us and an opportunity to put greater distance between us and our opponents.

‘We are seven points ahead of them and must aim to extend that still further.

‘The belief is that not only can we stay in this league but aim to finish around mid-table.’

The home side are looking to hit back after two successive defeats, both away from home.

At home the Hawks have been good, winning their last three and scoring 14 goals in the process.

Bradbury may be tempted to go with a three-pronged attack of Alfie Rutherford, Jonah Ayunga and Nicke Kabamba.

The trio caused Salford City lots of problems during the second half in the 3-0 defeat.

Players coming back from injury and suspension also give the home side added options.

Tyler Cordner returns following a one match suspension.

Paul Robinson is set to train after injury and having the pair of them together in the heart of the defence will provide a good boost.

Rory Williams could be fit and Theo Lewis has recovered from sickness.

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