Colin Cooper RESIGNS as Hartlepool United manager

Hartlepool United manager Colin Cooper. Picture by FRANK REID
Hartlepool United manager Colin Cooper. Picture by FRANK REID

COLIN Cooper has resigned as manager of Hartlepool United after the club went bottom of the Football League.

After watching his side go down 3-0 against Carlisle United at Victoria Park, the former Middlesbrough player and coach left his post.

HIS FINAL GAME: Colin Cooper standing on the sideline against Carlisle United. Picture by FRANK REID

HIS FINAL GAME: Colin Cooper standing on the sideline against Carlisle United. Picture by FRANK REID

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In a brief statement on the club’s website, Pools chairman Ken Hodcroft said: “We would like to thank Colin for his efforts during the last eighteen months.

“We are glad that we gave him his break in management and would like to wish him every success in the future.”

Club officials said there would be no more announcements or interviews with staff members today due to Cooper’s resignation.

Louds boos had rang out around Victoria Park as the final whistle was blown after a dismal display by the home side.

Fans made their feelings known as they saw their side fall to the bottom of the Football League with only eight points from 11 matches.

The Cumbrians ran Pools ragged in the second half scoring three times through Steven Rigg, Stephen Elliott and Mark Beck.

Cooper leaves Pools with a record of 16 wins, 13 draws and 28 defeats from 57 league games.

Pools had begun this season as badly as they ended the last campaign, when they finished just three points above the drop zone.

There was much promise in Cooper’s debut season in management.

After a rocky opening period – no surprise given the hangover of the club’s relegation from League One – Cooper turned things around thanks to a number of good loan signings and some attractive football.

Indeed, when Pools were beaten 1-0 at Oxford United in late March, they were only five points shy of the League Tweo play-offs.

But Pools finished the season with a woeful run of seven defeats in nine matches, staying up thanks to a memorable backs-to-the-wall Easter Monday win over Morecambe.

The current campaign has not been much better, picking up only eight points from a possible 33, scoring only five times in 11 League Two fixtures.

Coach Sam Collins looks likely to be handed the reins on a temporary basis, starting with the Johnstone’s Paints Trophy tie against Sheffield United on Tuesday night.