JOE Parkinson has been appointed assistant manager at Hartlepool United.

The former Everton defender will join manager Dave Challinor in forming the new management team, with Antony Sweeney as first team coach at the club.

Challinor will be introduced at a press conference at Victoria Park this afternoon.

Parkinson has been first team development coach at Shrewsbury, has worked briefly alongside Challinor at Fylde and has also had spells on the coaching staff with Bury and Wigan.

He will be in the dug out at Yeovil for tomorrow’s rearranged FA Cup tie.