Pools make second signing

The Northern Echo:

5:08pm Friday 31st October 2014

HARTLEPOOL United have confirmed the signing of two new players ahead of tomorrow's game with Newport County.

Murray ready to share his hefty workload

The Northern Echo: Paul Murray and Willie Donachie

7:17am Friday 31st October 2014

THE early stages of football management, for Paul Murray at least, are proving somewhat busy.

Murray makes his first Pools signing

The Northern Echo:

4:46pm Thursday 30th October 2014

PAUL Murray has made his first signing, with former Walsall midfielder Nicky Featherstone joining Hartlepool United.

Back to reality for Hartlepool United defender Sam Collins

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7:03am Tuesday 28th October 2014

WITH his stint as caretaker manager over, Sam Collins has returned to playing football; he can also start answering his phone as well.

Hartlepool boss is planning changes

The Northern Echo: Paul Murray

7:17am Monday 27th October 2014

PAUL MURRAY will set about trying to reshape his Hartlepool United squad this week.

Match Facts: How Pools rated at Cambridge

The Northern Echo: Star man: Sam Collins

7:07am Monday 27th October 2014

Match statistics and player ratings from Cambridge United v Hartlepool United.

Match Analysis: Cambridge United 2 Hartlepool United 1

The Northern Echo: Tommy Miller wins a header

7:04am Monday 27th October 2014

THREE minutes in and Paul Murray took a touch to control and pass the ball back to Scott Harrison.

Match report: Cambridge 2 Hartlepool United 1

7:14pm Saturday 25th October 2014

PAUL MURRAY’S managerial career got off to a losing start, Hartlepool United falling to late defeat at Cambridge.

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10:34am Saturday 25th October 2014

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Collins and Murray: a partnership built on hard work and honesty

7:31am Saturday 25th October 2014

SAM COLLINS was sat addressing the media on Thursday morning at Maiden Castle, Hartlepool United’s training ground.

Pools play-off squad set for reunion


5:04pm Friday 24th October 2014

HARTLEPOOL UNITED’S play-off squad of the 2004/05 season are getting back together for a reunion to mark the tenth anniversary of their League One play-off final.

Murray out to do it his way at Victoria Park

The Northern Echo: NEW BOSS: Paul Murray, appointed Hartlepool manager yesterday

8:40am Friday 24th October 2014

PAUL MURRAY has been entrusted with the task of lifting fortunes at Hartlepool United, after taking over as manager yesterday.

Murray appointed Pools boss

The Northern Echo: Hartlepool United v Shrewsbury Town.  Paul Parry and Paul Murray battle for the ball. (11835892)

2:12pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

PAUL MURRAY has been appointed the new manager of Hartlepool United. 

Murray new favourite for Pools job

The Northern Echo: Hartlepool United v Shrewsbury Town.  Paul Parry and Paul Murray battle for the ball. (11835892)

6:26pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

PAUL MURRAY, the former Hartlepool United midfielder, was yesterday a big mover in the bookmakers’ market to become the club’s next manager.

Match Analysis: Accrington 3 Hartlepool United 1

The Northern Echo:

9:19am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

IT WAS at Accrington Stanley where Hartlepool United emerged from lower league under-performers to promotion contenders. But that was in 2006. It’s a different story in 2014.

Match Facts: Accrington 3 Hartlepool 1

The Northern Echo:

9:22am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Match facts from Hartlepool United's 3-1 loss to Accrington Stanley last night.

No changes for Collins and Pools

The Northern Echo:

7:30pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

SAM Collins has resisted the temptation to change his side and Hartlepool United keep the same XI for the third game in a row.

Pools make loan signing

The Northern Echo: Guiseley's Gavin Rothery breaks away from Huddersfield Town's Matt Crooks and Duane Holmes

12:58pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

HARTLEPOOL UNITED caretaker boss Sam Collins has made his first signing - the loan capture of Matt Crooks from Huddersfield Town.

Collins gets his thoughts down early

The Northern Echo: IN CHARGE: Caretaker manager Sam Collins Picture: DAVID WOOD

6:32am Tuesday 21st October 2014

IT didn’t take Sam Collins long to pick his Hartlepool United team for tonight. Pools go to Accrington, under the command of caretaker boss Collins for the fourth time.

Frustration for Austin after late goal isn't enough

7:32am Monday 20th October 2014

NEIL Austin revealed his frustration after losing to Luton Town on Saturday.

Collins shows promise, but Still Pools fall short

The Northern Echo: SPORTING ACTION: Hartlepool United's caretaker manager Sam Collins in action during the game against Luton Town.Picture: DAVID WOOD (11646693)

6:32am Monday 20th October 2014

SAM COLLINS was in his third game as a (temporary) football manager, up against John Still managing for the 834th time.

Match Facts: Hartlepool United 1 Luton Town 2

6:31am Monday 20th October 2014

Ratings from Victoria Park

Match report: Hartlepool United 1 Luton Town 2

6:16pm Saturday 18th October 2014

HARTLEPOOL UNITED suffered another home defeat, going down 2-1 to Luton Town. 

Collins not afraid to make the big calls

The Northern Echo: ATTACK: Hartlepool United caretaker manager Sam Collins points the way			 Picture: Gary Day/Pinnacle

7:32am Saturday 18th October 2014

LIFE under Sam Collins at Hartlepool United will be done his way.

It's an Honour to have Brian at Pools

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9:00am Friday 17th October 2014

BRIAN HONOUR has been so enamoured with his return to Hartlepool United the Victoria Park hero is already dreaming of success.

Collins hails the impact of his attacking defenders

The Northern Echo: ATTACK: Hartlepool United caretaker manager Sam Collins points the way			 Picture: Gary Day/Pinnacle

11:57pm Wednesday 15th October 2014

SAM COLLINS has hailed the contribution of his full-backs in his freshened up Hartlepool United side.

Woods out to make the most of his chance at Pools

The Northern Echo:

6:30am Wednesday 15th October 2014

FOR many footballers, second chances don’t come along. Michael Woods is making the most of the opportunity.

Honour back at Victoria Park

The Northern Echo:

10:08pm Monday 13th October 2014

BRIAN HONOUR, one of Hartlepool United’s all-time greats, is back at the club. 

Pools bring in Honour ahead of Luton test

The Northern Echo: FROM PLAYER TO COACH: Hartlepool football legend Brian Honour at East Durham College in Peterlee

1:52pm Monday 13th October 2014

HARTLEPOOL UNITED have brought in Brian Honour to assist caretaker manager Sam Collins while the search for a permanent appointment takes place.

Woods sees the confidence coming back

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11:38am Monday 13th October 2014

MICHAEL WOODS admits the confidence is coming back to the Hartlepool United squad.

Match Facts: Exeter City 1 Hartlepool United 2

The Northern Echo:

6:50am Monday 13th October 2014

Match ratings as Hartlepool United took on Exeter City at St James' Park.

Match Analysis: Exeter City 1 Hartlepool United 2

The Northern Echo:

5:50am Monday 13th October 2014

HARTLEPOOL UNITED headed to Exeter without a manager after their gaffer quit. And with a temporary coach in charge, they returned from St James’ Park with a 2-1 win and clear message.

Match report: Exeter City 1 Hartlepool United 2

The Northern Echo:

6:59pm Saturday 11th October 2014

SAM COLLINS engineered a welcome Hartlepool United victory to lift Pools off the foot of League Two.

One change for Pools

The Northern Echo:

2:50pm Saturday 11th October 2014

MATTHEW BATES returns to the Hartlepool United side for their trip to Exeter.

Duckworth confident of an upturn in fortunes

The Northern Echo: MAKING A MARK: Michael Duckworth smashes through the Rotherham defence

5:50am Saturday 11th October 2014

WHILE, for the more experienced members of Hartlepool United’s squad, the last week was an experience they had been through time and time again.

Collins puts his experience to use while in charge at Victoria Park

The Northern Echo: (11297040)

8:06am Friday 10th October 2014

SAM COLLINS has made 580 career appearances, 263 of them for Hartlepool United. Aged 37, he’s ensured a rack of different experiences in football over the years.

Mark Venus keen for a crack at managing hometown club Pools

The Northern Echo:

6:13am Thursday 9th October 2014

MARK VENUS wants to take over the managerial reins at Hartlepool United and save his hometown club from relegation.

Big Sam: Focus is all on Exeter

The Northern Echo:

5:34pm Wednesday 8th October 2014

SAM COLLINS is ready to take on the challenge at Hartlepool United for however long he is entrusted with the task.

Match Facts: Hartlepool United 1 Sheffield United 2

The Northern Echo:

11:15pm Tuesday 7th October 2014

Match ratings from Hartlepool United v Sheffield United at Victoria Park in the Johnstone Paint Trophy.

Match Analysis: Hartlepool United 1 Sheffield United 2

The Northern Echo:

10:33pm Tuesday 7th October 2014

LAST week Colin Cooper sat and spoke of how the same footballers who prove so bad they get their manager sacked can suddenly play with a spurt under the command of a new employer.

Former Carlisle United boss talks to Pools officials about short term deal

The Northern Echo:

5:40am Tuesday 7th October 2014

GRAHAM Kavanagh, the former Sunderland and Middlesbrough midfielder, and latterly Carlisle boss is in line to join Hartlepool United.

Pools line up Kavanagh as boss

The Northern Echo: Graham Kavanagh

9:43am Monday 6th October 2014

HARTLEPOOL UNITED are ready to offer Graham Kavanagh the chance to lift them off the foot of the Football League.

Match Ratings: Hartlepool United v Carlisle United

The Northern Echo:

6:30am Monday 6th October 2014

Match ratings from Hartlepool United v Carlisle United at Victoria Park.

Match Analysis: Hartlepool United 0 Carlisle United 3

The Northern Echo:

6:20am Monday 6th October 2014

SAM COLLINS and Stephen Pears will take charge of Hartlepool United tomorrow night. Following Colin Cooper’s resignation in the aftermath of Saturday’s 3-0 humbling by Carlise at Victoria Park, the club’s reserve team coach and assistant boss will be in control.

COMMENT: Cooper struggled at Victoria Park without his right hand man

The Northern Echo:

6:10am Monday 6th October 2014

THERE was a time last season when Colin Cooper and Craig Hignett were likened to Brian Clough and Peter Taylor.  The Clough comparison – both played for Middlesbrough, both started out as managers at Hartlepool United – was one Cooper was happy to talk up just three weeks ago.  It is said that Clough never recovered from losing Taylor as his trusted confidant and assistant; and so Cooper was not the same after Hignett left Pools for Middlesbrough.  Hignett’s spark and effervescent character contrasted straight-laced Cooper around the Maiden Castle training ground. He gave Cooper not only a buffer between manager and players, but added some spark to the club. It’s been flat since he departed. Since he was poached by Boro on March 3, Pools record has been desperate. They only won twice more last season and have triumphed in just two games this. Cooper didn’t replace Hignett last season, waiting for the right man to come along. He opted for Stephen Pears,  a reluctant assistant manager and another former Boro team-mate. But he carries a personality from a different planet to jovial Hignett and is too straight and too similar to Cooper in nature.  With Pears doubling up as goalkeeping coach, it also left Pools one short on the training ground.  Cooper insisted he was more than happy to cope with the workload and responsibility of working with the strikers. Their scoring record this season indicates it wasn’t working. In English football, only QPR have netted fewer than Pools this season, and they’ve played seven games to Pools’ 11. Five goals in 11 games, with 17 conceded (not forgetting six at Port Vale in the Capital One Cup). Managed by a former defender who played at the highest level, Pools were expected to be a resolute side this season. Tight at the back, but not overly affluent up front.  His big summer signings Matthew Bates and Stuart Parnaby, both former Boro compatriots of Cooper and Pears, haven’t worked out.  Marlon Harewood, since signing in January, has landed four goals in 28 games. Aside from short cameos against Morecambe last season and Wimbledon this, his overall contribution has been negligible.  Cooper’s signings have been predictable, limited, and, overall, not what has been needed. In his defence, the budget has been reduced as the owners stand back and watch from afar, limiting his options as the club cited Financial Fair Play rulings. He has always been keen to tap into resources at the other North-East clubs, which should be applauded to a certain extent. Last season’s loan signings of Christian Burgess, Matty Dolan and Luke Williams from Boro deserve credit. However, when he returned to his old club last month to get David Atkinson, who hasn’t appeared and is back at Rockliffe Hall citing injury, it became all too predictable.  Ryan Brobbel impressed at York last season in a side which was on form and on course for the play-offs. He started well at Pools, but the confidence has disappeared from his game in a struggling and impotent side. Bradley Walker has been out of form and needs to be taken out of the firing line, but options in terms of a midfield replacement are limited. Cooper had a chance to make some real mark on the squad this summer, but the playing roster is instead weaker in strength, experience and numbers. Some of the players he retained are not good enough for the Football League and if a manager is judged by the strength of his substitutes bench then Cooper has long been in trouble.  As a coach with a background in Academy football and developing younger players, Cooper arrived with a burgeoning reputation. A football thinker of strong principles, who wanted to get the ball down and pass it, perhaps in hindsight the rough nature of League Two wasn’t the place to try and play pretty football. The likes of Jack Barmby and Williams last season weren’t really cut out for a relegation battle, but ultimately their contributions helped keep Pools up. Just.  And that escape from the drop should have been a warning of what lies ahead. Pools have long been stagnating on and off the pitch, but nothing has been done to halt the rot from various quarters. The club’s owners have been criticised recently, and not without justification. The chairman’s column in Saturday’s programme gave his perspective and, quite rightly, he pinpointed a number of organisations and factors for Pools’ demise.  However, the time for excuses is gone and Ken Hodcroft cannot get this managerial appointment wrong. Equally, he has to be supportive of his new manager and give him a chance to succeed by allowing him a chance to work the transfer market and get some players of quality and experience in.  Tellingly, Cooper directly told Hodcroft as much as he tendered his resignation on Saturday evening. Cooper, to quit immediately after the game, proved he accepts the job was finished for him. As Carlisle’s second goal arrived, so the crowd turned on him, chanting in numbers for his removal.  Back in 1996, Keith Houchen was hounded out of the club as floundering Pools were beaten at home by Brighton, then bottom of the Football League. He too resigned within minutes of the final whistle. While Houchen has not been seen in football since that day, Cooper will return. He will be better for this chastening experience and he has a lot to offer the game. It’s a shame it won’t be at Hartlepool United, where plenty of other managers have tried and failed before him to work the oracle.

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Cooper quits Pools

The Northern Echo:

6:03pm Saturday 4th October 2014

COLIN COOPER has resigned as Hartlepool United manager.

Match report: Hartlepool United 0 Carlisle United 3

The Northern Echo:

5:22pm Saturday 4th October 2014

HARTLEPOOL UNITED slumped to a humiliating 3-0 home defeat to Carlisle – and dropped to the bottom of the Football League in the process.

Cooper confident of an upturn in Pools' fortunes

The Northern Echo:

11:50pm Friday 3rd October 2014

EIGHT points from ten games – as well as a hefty cup defeat – and it’s not been much of a start to the season for Hartlepool United.

Pools chase out of contract striker Clinton Morrison

The Northern Echo: Key contribution - Clinton Morrison has been influential for Colchester United both on and off the pitch in recent games. Picture: STEVE ARGENT (CO68340-22)

8:58am Friday 3rd October 2014

CLINTON Morrison could line up for Hartlepool United against Carlisle tomorrow; alternatively the out of contract striker could appear for the Cumbrians against Pools.

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