FIVE MINUTES walk from Victoria Park and the talk yesterday was of Brexit, exit and walking away.

Inside the home of Hartlepool United, it was all about unity, staying together and being in it for the long run.

From Nigel Farage to Dave Challinor in 700 yards.

The Brexit Party figurehead was at a rally in Hartlepool’s Grand Hotel. Three hours later, the new Pools chief set out his manifesto for success.

“There’s real potential to get where the club should be,’’ he said. “It is in name, infrastructure, fanbase, a Football League club. It’s about trying to get there, something which is a motivating factor.’’

Pools hope for longevity. Challinor embraces it.

He recently left AFC Fylde after eight years in charge of the club. Some managers appointed at Victoria Park don’t even last eight weeks: see Money, Richard and Murray, Paul.

Challinor, who has appointed ex-Everton midfielder Joe Parkinson as his assistant with Antony Sweeney as first-team coach, started at Fylde in December 2011. To put it into context, Pools have had 12 managers in that time, Challinor making it 13.

Surely the club has to get it right some time.

He said: “I hope to bring stability here.

“The aim of myself and the club is continuity and stability, carry out a plan which is in place off the pitch.

“Football management is fickle and short-term, but I hope I can be here eight years too.

“The club will be looking at it like I am – if I’m successful then someone could come in and pinch me. If I’m not then I’ll be on my way anyway. That’s football reality.

“What I want here is to leave – whenever that may be – with the club in a better place. There’s good people involved in the club and I’m sure that will be moved forward off the pitch as well.’’

Challinor takes charge for the first time at Yeovil tonight in the rearranged FA Cup tie. The winners will go to either Cambridge or Exeter. On Saturday, Pools are at Ebbsfleet; a long week on the road.

His Fylde team has looked sharp when at Pools, winning twice before drawing earlier this season.

Adapting to the division has proved problematic for Pools, now into their third season at this standard.

“Football League clubs drop down and not many get it right in this division. They come down, the majority, in turmoil on and off the touch. You need strong people in charge not to panic,’’ reflected Chandler.

“This year, this is the first time in a long time teams have got it right in Yeovil and Notts County.

“How long it took the likes of Grimsby,  Wrexham 12 years, Luton nine years, Cambridge … getting back up gives you the chance to go again and carry momentum forward and we want to build on that.’’

He added: “It feels like proper games when you come here. Notts County felt a proper game, two big clubs, proper stadium.

“You appreciate that as a manager from my first game at Fylde eight years ago with 180 people there, progress through and it’s something to think about which is exciting. Games with real feeling, real pressure and we all want pressure.’’

Challinor will have Sweeney alongside him. The former midfielder impressed all with his outlook during his caretaker spell in charge.

The new boss also has a Hartlepool ally he has been able to tap into for knowledge and advice, the club’s former physio Buster Gallagher.

He smiled: “I’ve known Buster a long-time, we were on a physiotherapy course together for five years – he has a lot to thank me for!

“He speaks really highly of the club, has a real affinity with the club and the town, a closeness with the fans and knows what it means.

“Sweens is in the same bracket and a big positive for us moving forward to get a quick understanding of the club and the fanbase.

“It has been a long process coming in, so I’ve watched the Barnet and Brackley games, went to Notts County and Solihull games. The latter shows the fine margins in the league, shows how Solihull use their style effectively.

“Winning that game could have put us in touch of the play-offs.’’

Challinor’s record as Fylde boss is successful, and last season he took his side to Wembley twice in the play-off and FA Trophy finals.

His National League record is impressive. Pools’ record in the division isn’t great.

He said: “It’s an easy thing to say you need non-league knowledge, but you have to accept where you are – the club and supporters and it’s the hardest thing to come to terms with it.

“It can stop you progressing and developing, but we have to give them something to shout about. We have to recognise what it takes to get out of the league, but I’m a supporter as well. I stand and watch and want to be excited by the players. They need to be a reflection of me and give all they’ve got.

“There’s plans in place, the last few years there’s been turmoil in terms of what is going on and there’s good people in place now to move it forward.

“That, for me, is the big thing and it was very refreshing to speak to the chairman and chief executive and they recognised where they are – that they need leadership off the pitch as well as on to build.’’

Of his right-hand man, former Everton and Bournemouth midfielder Parkinson, he added: “Joe was part of the Academy set-up at Fylde and then stepped up to first-team and went to Shrewsbury. He is a very good coach and we understand how each other works and has the same work ethic as myself.

“He will have a good influence on the players and Sweens and the management team too. We are one group of the management team and Sweens has played a massive role of late. He will be part of what we do and have his say in a big way.’’