EXCLUSIVE: Ken Hodcroft: I didn’t put any pressure on Colin Cooper

Ken Hodcroft.
Ken Hodcroft.

CHAIRMAN Ken Hodcroft has insisted there was “no pressure” on Colin Cooper to step-down as Hartlepool United manager stating it was his decision.

The 47-year-old handed in his notice within minutes of the final whistle on Saturday after watching his Pools side beaten 3-0 by Carlisle.

That result saw Pools go bottom of the Football League with just eight points won out of 33 in Sky Bet League Two and there was loud boos and chants of ‘Cooper Out’ coming from the home terraces.

Cooper first told the players in the dressing room before making his way upstairs and informing the chairman and chief executive Russ Green of his decision.

It brought to an end a 16-month stay at Victoria Park for the former Middlesbrough and England defender, his first job in management.

SportMail spoke with Hodcroft after the match and he said nobody at the club was happy with Pools’ current position but stressed it was Cooper’s decision.

“Nobody is happy with the situation,” Hodcroft told SportMail.

“Colin had been doing his best but it was his decision to resign.

“We didn’t talk to him or anything, he just came straight to us after the game, after he had told the players and then came up and told us.

“He said he had appreciated his time with us and his chance in management.

“Personally, he felt he had done as much as he could under the circumstances and that he had decided to resign.

“We never put managers under pressure, we let them do what they want.

“It is his decision, what can we do?”

Hodcroft said he didn’t regret giving Cooper his first management job in football, stressing the club has a history of doing so with the likes of Chris Turner.

He added: “Colin came and did a great job but unfortunately the results haven’t gone our way this season.

“Colin has his reasons for resigning.

“It wasn’t like we got rid of him.

“If somebody decides to resign, that is their personal decision.

“We would like to thank Colin for his efforts.

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

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.

Sadly, the form at the end of last season drifted into this with Pools picking up just eight points from their opening 11 League Two fixtures.

Cooper has taken responsibility for the poor form with Pools now looking to replace him in the dugout and quickly climb the table.