Hartlepool boss Paul Murray pleased to have assistant Willie Donachie with him

ALONGSIDE: Paul Murray and  Willlie Donachie. Picture courtesy www.hartlepoolmail.co.uk

ALONGSIDE: Paul Murray and Willlie Donachie. Picture courtesy www.hartlepoolmail.co.uk

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PAUL Murray is looking forward to working alongside his “loyal and honest” assistant Willie Donachie.

The 38-year-old Cumbrian was confirmed as Pools manager on Thursday lunchtime, replacing Colin Cooper who resigned earlier this month.

Willie Donachie, former Newcastle United development coach, has been appointed as assistant manager, while player coach Sam Collins, who had been caretaker, will return to his duties with the reserve team.

Murray said: “It is very important to have Willie alongside me.

“I had a few people in mind but when I spoke to him he was the right match, he is very loyal and honest and I need questions asking of me all the time on session planning and tactics.

“He is happy to do that and it could be a good match.

“With the predicment we are in we need to keep a clean sheet.

“I want to pass the ball but conscious of the other side and keep it solid, keeping it nice and tight.

“I have a few in mind and I have a long list of players, which I am free to go and explore and bring in.

“But I want to play attacking football for sure because we need to score goals - there is no doubt about it.

“I have to give the playes that lift and me signing hopefully gives the players that lift. I am enthusiastic and I will probably manage the same way I played.

“Tactically I believe I am good enough and we’ll see how it goes but we need to hit the ground running,

“I have always had an idea that I wanted to manage.

“Over the last few years at Oldham it has really gone well for me, I was lucky to get an opportunity there and I am grateful for that.

“This opportunity has come up and another opportunity for me. I will grab it with both hands.”

Murray will take immediate charge and lead training with the squad on Friday prior to being in the dugout for Saturday’s game at Cambridge United.

Murray made more than 100 appearances for Pools between 2010-13, and has made no secret of his desire to move into management.

He was a coach at Oldham Athletic and the Latics have not stood in his way after being offered the chance of a return to the Vic.

He is enjoying being back at Pools.

Murray added: “It is very similar to Oldham, I left there all those years and then went back.

“Everyone was the same, you see old faces and it is very similar at Hartlepool.

“Some of the players are still here and that is another good sign.

“I think I will be good on the man management, that is a big thing that I am all about, getting the players to play to their best.

“Those I don’t know I need to get to know quickly.

“I am in charge Saturday, I have worked with Sam about the formation and there may be some changes, but I will be straight in there trying to rally the troops to get the result at Cambridge.

“Hopefully I’ll get the reaction from the players and go and get a result, particularly the clean sheet,” added Murray who was speaking to the club’s website.

Twitter: @RichMennearJP