BRYN Morris knows better than most how to get on the right side of new Hartlepool United manager Colin Cooper.
England U17 skipper enjoyed a period under Cooper’s care at Middlesbrough’s academy where his performance flourished to the point of winning his senior debut earlier this season.
Morris was a favourite of Cooper’s – and the Pools-born 17-year-old has this advice for the current Victoria Park squad.
“His ethics are all about working hard and giving it your all,” he told SportMail. “As a player he wants you to never give in, that’s what he is all about.
“He improved that side of my game massively.
“And because he saw that in me I got on really well with him – if you’re doing it in training then he’ll like you.
“He also wanted to win every game we played and the lads responded well to that.
“I think he’s an excellent choice for Pools.”
Morris, though, was also impressed with Cooper’s approach to the technical work on the training field.
“I really enjoyed his sessions and that’s so important as a player,” he went on.
“They always had a good tempo but were very technical as well.”
But it was Cooper’s number two Craig Hignett who Morris had more exposure to.
The former midfield schemer was his full-time coach at U14 level and Morris says he still rates Hignett as one of his best-ever mentors. “Craig was very good and I’ve always kept in contact with him since,” said the ex-High Tunstall College of Science pupil.
“He wanted to play good football and was brilliant at working with you as an individual.
“He played a big part in my development and he’s the sort of coach who players like and want to play for.
“He, as well as Colin, are definitely up there as the best coaches I’ve worked with.”