Hartlepool have lost their pre season friendlies against non league sides, their main striker was a loaner who is now At Harrogate and their keeper another loaner, injured and back at Boro. I don’t share your optimism about them - and I hope they do do well.
Looking at their fans’ comments, we seem like sunny optimists!
Edit. Pools beat Dunston United last night but not many positive vibes emanating from the club. https://www.hartlepoolmail.co.uk/sport/football/if-we-stand-still-well-be-in-trouble-dave-challinors-honest-pre-season-verdict-as-he-looks-to-raise-standards-at-hartlepool-united-3327283