Fans give unanimous backing to Cooper

Left to right (top) Nigel Bulmer, Peter Freeman, Marty Brown and Jack Adams, (below) Anthony Harker, Karl Greathead and Andrew Ness

Left to right (top) Nigel Bulmer, Peter Freeman, Marty Brown and Jack Adams, (below) Anthony Harker, Karl Greathead and Andrew Ness

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DELIGHTED Hartlepool United fans have given their unanimous backing to Neale Cooper’s appointment as manager.

The Hartlepool Mail’s RICHARD MENNEAR took to the streets to gauge the reaction of fans to the re-appointment of the former manager.

Season ticket holder Nigel Bulmer, 44, a fork lift truck driver who lives in Harold Hornsey Square, said: “I think it is a good appointment.

“It will be harder for him than last time as the squad was better but I’m confident he will be able to turn it around.

“He will give the players confidence”, added the dad-of-two.

Anthony Harker, 57, who works for a builders merchants, said: “This appointment should bring some of the crowd back to Victoria Park.

“Cooper is experienced and he has done it before at Pools,” added the dad-of-three who lives in Stockton but supports Pools.

Engineer Peter Freeman, 50, of Windsor Street, said: “I am over the moon and delighted that he has come back.

“Hopefully we can now push ahead and get into the play-offs if he can get us playing the right way.

“Cooper was the popular choice and it will probably add 1,000 fans on the gate”, added the season ticket holder and married dad-of-four.

Fan Karl Greathead, 33, who works in customer services and lives in the Oxford Road area, said: “He was one of the favourites for the job.

“He did a good job last time and hopefully he will do a similar job this time.

“The away form has been fine, it is the home form he needs to sort.”

Karl is married to Kelly and the pair have three children Amy, seven, Mia, three and Max, three.

Season ticket holder Jack Adams, 12, who attends Dyke House Sports and Technology College and lives in Seaton Carew, said: “I am pleased that we have got a new manager.

“I don’t remember him from last time but we will have to see how we get on. I go to the games with my granddad and he says he was one of the best managers we have had.”

Marty Brown, 44, an agricultural contractor who is Jack’s mum’s partner, said: “This must be good news for the club.

“Hopefully they will go on to have a good season.”

Fan Andrew Ness, 39, an engineer from Throston, said: “They always say you should never go back but I hope that he is as good as before.

“The dark cloud surrounding his departure must have lifted.

“A lot of people had him as the favourite and I am pleased with his arrival.”

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