Hartlepool United have no timetable to find new boss

Sam Collins during the game against Exeter City. Picture by FRANK REID
Sam Collins during the game against Exeter City. Picture by FRANK REID

HARTLEPOOL United have not set a timetable for when a new manager will be appointed.

The search for Colin Cooper’s successor continues but SportMail understands there has been a strong response from managers looking to get back into the game at Pools.

Despite sitting 21st in Sky Bet League Two, the vacant managers job remains an attractive one with a high number of applications.

But an appointment is not likely to be made anytime soon.

Owners IOR have a history of taking their time over new appointments, with it taking up to three to four weeks in the past.

Pools have been without a manager since Cooper resigned within minutes of the 3-0 home defeat to Carlisle United at the start of the month.

Former Carlisle boss Graham Kavanagh and Hartlepool-born Mark Venus both held talks over a possible short-term appointment.

But Pools then added former player Brian Honour to their coaching staff to help assist caretaker boss Sam Collins and coach Stephen Pears.

The 2-1 win over Exeter City, which lifted Pools off the bottom of the Football League, relieved some of the pressure.

Collins & Co will once again be in the dugout for the visit of Luton Town to Victoria Park on Saturday.

Kavanagh and Collins remain the bookies favourite for the job on a permanent basis, with Brian Laws 14-1 and Gateshead boss Gary Mills 20-1 with Sky Bet.

SportMail understands no timescale for an appointment has been set with the club looking to ensure the right person is given the job.

When Collins took over as interim boss, the 37-year-old said his main focus was to get Pools winning again.

So far so good in the league, at least, with the win over Exeter.

Collins said: “Everyone had a job to do and my job was to get this football team organised and start winning matches while looking after things.

“That was my intention.

“I will keep working hard, keep working the players hard and keep aiming to win football matches,

“I’ve tried to tell them all week that we have to play football in the right areas of the pitch and concentrate.

“We have players who can break forward at pace and in numbers.”