Coxall vows to do best for Hartlepool United, management and fans

Hartlepool United Chairman Gary Coxall. Picture by FRANK REID

Hartlepool United Chairman Gary Coxall. Picture by FRANK REID

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New Hartlepool United chairman Gary Coxall says the level of JPNG’s future investment in the club is unknown.

But while he admits it is difficult to put a figure on it, Coxall says Pools’ new owners will be doing their “best” to support the club, management team and fans.

“The debt is cleared, it’s gone, and from the outset we understood the club could not survive with such a huge debt and Ken [Hodcroft] agreed and to his credit it was quickly dealt with and we are debt-free.

JPNG took charge at Victoria Park after buying the now debt-free club from previous owners Increased Oil Recovery (IOR) – who agreed to wipe out £14m worth of debt as part of the sale.

When asked by SportMail, Coxall said he was unable to say how much they bought the League Two club for.

But he insisted the new owners have very clear ideas of how to progress the club after last season’s relegation troubles.

Russ Green is set to stay on as chief executive and Coxall says if “it ain’t broke, why fix it?”

Coxall told SportMail: “I don’t want to put a figure on how much we will invest, we don’t know at this moment in time.

“We will support the club and do the best for the club, the team and the fans.

“It’s frustrating at this stage, we have ideas that will hugely improve the ground, the experience of fans but we can’t name it yet as it’s not signed off.

“We won’t make bold statements though.

“The debt is cleared, it’s gone, and from the outset we understood the club could not survive with such a huge debt and Ken [Hodcroft] agreed and to his credit it was quickly dealt with and we are debt-free.

“Russ Green will stay on, we don’t want to come in and do a root and branch review, changing everything.

“If it’s not broke, then don’t fix it and this fine club ain’t broke.

“Take out the bad start to last season, this club has fantastic potential and we have a fantastic manager too.”

And listening to the fans is also key, insists Coxall, who has been vocal on social media site Twitter via his @MRGCoxall account.

A major criticism of IOR’s time in charge was the lack of communication with supporters.

But Coxall is determined to change that.

He added: “We have to listen to ideas and the fans are those who pay their money.

“With social media, there is no reason not to communicate with the fans.

“All you are doing is connecting with them and thanking them.

“I need to show the same enthusiasm as the players and supporters – it’s the only way we can progress.

“I can’t influence on the pitch, but can off it.

“Saying that, I’m more than happy to play!” added Coxall, who was due to hold meetings in Newcastle and London over the coming days.