PROMOTER Danny Ford confirmed Pirates would stick with the same team management strategy next season – having seen it pay dividends in 2021.

Pirates will again be managed by legendary team boss Neil Middleditch for southern and home meetings, while former world champion Gary Havelock will take charge of fixtures in the north.

Pirates sealed the Championship Knockout Cup and SGB Championship in 2021.

Asked what structure the team management would take for 2022, Ford told the Daily Echo: “Exactly the same as it was last year.

“We would be silly to change that in the backroom staff now.

“It worked brilliantly, particularly coming into the tail end of the season when we were going into the play-offs and we had them both there.

“They both bounce off each other really well and the riders responded brilliantly to them both, which was great to see.

“Middlo is much more statistically minded, does a lot of pacing in the pits. Whereas Havvy is pretty full on and he gees up the riders when they go out for each race.

“It was a great combination for them both and we don’t want to change that. We won everything we went into last year so, why would we?

“Havvy and Middlo know each other so well and they get on brilliantly. The dynamic between them was great, the dynamic between the whole team was great.

“If we can replicate anything like we had this year for next season, we are on to a winner.”

The Daily Echo understands Poole are negotiating with an array of riders to build their team for 2022, while no official announcements have been made.