DAVE CHALLINOR has been appointed the new manager of Hartlepool United.

The former AFC Fylde boss will be at this evening’s game with Solihill Moors at Victoria Park, with  the team  being taken once again by Antony Sweeney.

Challinor took in Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Notts County and was impressive in his interview with the club’s decision-makers almost two weeks ago.

The club has said that helping to develop Sweeney is part of his job. The caretaker has impressed everyone for the manner in which he has taken temporary charge, leading the side to three wins and a draw in his four games to date.

A club statement read: “Hartlepool United are delighted to announce that we have reached agreement with Dave Challinor to join the Club as our new First Team Manager.

“Following an exhaustive process, we identified Dave as an individual who will bring the necessary experience of the National League as well as a work ethic, track record and proven leadership, which we believe are essential ingredients as we seek to mount a serious challenge for promotion.

“Part of Dave’s remit will be to help develop the career of Antony Sweeney. He and Ian McGuckin have been simply outstanding in their work and commitment over the last few weeks and have improved things immeasurably. They will be an integral part of the structure of the Football Department under Dave.

“Dave will join the Club once contractual issues have finally been resolved at his previous club. In the meantime, he will attend this evening’s game and will meet with Antony Sweeney on Wednesday.

“We would like to take this opportunity to welcome Dave to Hartlepool, as well as asking fans to join us this evening in showing their appreciation to Antony and Ian who have both been simply magnificent.’’