Former Hartlepool Utd fave Clarke is Bristol Rovers’ new no.2

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FORMER Hartlepool United favourite Darrell Clarke has been appointed assistant boss at League Two Bristol Rovers.

The 35-year-old (pictured left) has left his position as manager of Conference-bound Salisbury City, with whom he had gained two promotions since taking over as player-manager in 2010.

Clarke will now work as No.2 to John Ward with The Pirates.

And the Rovers boss said: “Darrell has achieved success on a relatively small budget over the last couple of years and has experience as a first-team manager.

“I have never worked with him before, which is exciting for me, as he is going to push me as well as himself.

“He has had experience playing at this level with Mansfield and Hartlepool, so that will be beneficial.

“He is young, with lots of ambition, but he also brings with him plenty of experience. I look forward to working with him.”

Meanwhile, chairman Nick Higgs added: “I am delighted to welcome Darrell to the club.

“He is a young man with lots of ambition, and I believe he and John will form a really strong partnership.”

Clarke has previously been linked with the Pools’ manager position and has stated his desire to one day return to the club as boss.

- CRAIG HOPE