FORMER Hartlepool United favourite Gary Liddle believes that managerial front runner Colin Cooper must be given time to stamp his influence on the relegated club.
Cooper is expected to be confirmed as successor to John Hughes within the next 48 hours.
The 46-year-old was a player with Middlesbrough when Liddle was making his way through the junior ranks on Teesside.
Liddle, now with Notts County, remains close to several inside the dressing-room at Victoria Park.
And the 26-year-old believes that stability is the key for his old employers going forward.
“It’s no secret that they’ve had a few managers now in a short space of time,” Liddle told SportMail today.
“It looks as though Coops will be the next man and I think that’s an excellent choice.
“But he will need the chance to put his own stamp on things.
“I hope he’s given the time to have a really good go at it and he has to be allowed to make his own changes.
“I’m sure he’ll have his own ideas on things and will want to change a few things around.
“Let’s hope he can do that because they need to try to get back into League One as quickly as possible.
“That is where the club belong and we proved that during my time there.”
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