ANDY Woodman will not become the new manager of Hartlepool United despite reports that a deal had been struck to bring him to the club.

According to BBC Radio Tees Sport, the club had no intention of appointing the former Newcastle goalkeeping coach as their new manager.

Despite strong reports circulating all day suggesting otherwise, senior sources have told the Northern Echo that Pools have made no contact with Bromley or their manager over a deal.

The South London side released a statement earlier today to confirm that no approach had been made from Pools ended and that the manager remains ‘fully committed’.

Chairman Robin Stanton-Gleaves commented: “Although it remains unclear where this disappointing and unsubstantiated speculation has come from, I wish to clarify our position and keep supporters informed.”

“I am extremely pleased with the progress made under Andy’s leadership and he remains fully committed, with my continued support, to his role as manager of Bromley Football Club.”

Woodman has been the bookmakers favourite to take over at Victoria Park but the club have confirmed that he won’t be the next manager of Hartlepool United.

Their attentions will now turn elsewhere with senior sources confirming that they are going to take their time with appointing a new manager after Dave Challinor departed the club to go to Stockport County.

Antony Sweeney is in interim charge and will be in the dugout for tomorrow night’s League Two tie against Newport County.