HARTLEPOOL United’s search for a manager appears to be rumbling on after Halifax Town manager Pete Wild denied an approach had been made by the club for his services.

It’s been just over three weeks since Dave Challinor left the club to join National League side Stockport County with Antony Sweeney assuming temporary charge of first team affairs.

The 38-year-old has won two, drawn one and lost three of his six games in charge so far.

Wild has been in charge of Halifax, who currently sit fifth in the National League table, has been in charge since July 2019 and has turned the side into genuine play-off contenders.

He was linked with the vacant Grimsby Town job when they were in the Football League just a few months into his reign in Yorkshire but denied any contact between the two clubs.

Asked by the Halifax Courier whether Hartlepool had come forward enquire about his services, he responded: “No, not that I’m aware of.”

He’d go on to deny any interest in taking the job at the moment.

Wild is currently installed as the bookmakers favourite to take the job ahead of current interim manager Antony Sweeney and Bromley boss Andy Woodman.

A few weeks ago, Bromley released a statement responding to speculation that Woodman was on the verge of being appointed at Pools. They denied any approach had been made for his services.

It’s understood that the club have been staging interviews with managerial candidates but the club aren’t any close to appointing a new man at the helm.

Speaking on his own future, Sweeney told BBC Radio Tees Sport: “In terms of the appointment, it will be results orientated.

“If there wasn’t a rush to appoint a manager, I’m pretty sure that, a couple of defeats we’ve had now, will put that rush on.

“The fans will demand it, the club will demand it and that’s fair.

“I said I’d do the job for as long as I possibly could to buy the club time and I’ll continue to do that until the decision is made.”