Colin Cooper’s assistant manager hopes suffer set-back at Hartlepool United

Colin Cooper
Colin Cooper

COLIN Cooper will continue looking for a new assistant boss at Hartlepool United after revealing that one of his plans fell through,

His number two, Craig Hignett, quit Pools on March 3 to take up the role of right-hand-man to Aitor Karanka at Middlesbrough.

So far, Hignett has not been replaced, with academy boss, John Hewitson, working alongside Cooper on match days.

The Pools boss said: “I thought I had something in place but it’s not happened.

“It’s been seven weeks now since Higgy left and John and the rest of the staff have all been a fantastic help.

“I’d have liked to have got something in place but it hasn’t come off unfortunately.

“The chairman has said if we can get something in place then great. But what I thought I had hasn’t happened.

“We can’t worry about that – we have to crack on.”

Pools slipped one place to 19th after four of the sides who started Good Friday below them in the table picked up 1-1 draws.

Wycombe and Northampton are now just two points behind Pools after a nervy draw at Adams Park.

Home keeper Matt Ingram served up an horrendous blunder to put through his own goal in the 12th minute but his blushes were spared by Aaron Pierre’s equaliser six minutes later.

Exeter joined Pools on 49 points and were unlucky not to take all three points at Chesterfield.

Matt Grimes put the Grecians in front on 18 minutes and things got even better when Sam Morsy was red-carded on 75 minutes for the Spireites.

But three minutes later Eoin Doyle grabbed a crucial point for the hosts from the penalty spot.

And an injury-time equaliser from Jack Sampson gave Morecambe a draw against Scunthorpe and moved the Shrimps a point above Pools.