Hartlepool United manager Colin Cooper confirms ex-Manchester United and Middlesbrough midfielder Jonathan Greening has retired

Jonathan Greening in action for Hartlepool United against Middlesbrough. Picture by FRANK REID

Jonathan Greening in action for Hartlepool United against Middlesbrough. Picture by FRANK REID

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ONE player who won’t be joining Hartlepool United is former Manchester United and Middlesbrough midfielder Jonathan Greening after he retired from football.

Pools manager Colin Cooper announced the news at his pre-match press conference this morning after being asked by SportMail about Greening’s future.

The experienced midfielder had trained with Pools earlier this summer and played in the pre-season friendly against Middlesbrough at Victoria Park.

He then left the club but returned last week for a further two days training at Maiden Castle, in Durham, but then announced his retirement to Cooper.

The Pools manager urged him not to be too hasty as you are a “long time retired”.

Cooper added: “Jonathan had two days with us and decided to retire from football.

“He has had a bit of time over the summer with his family.

“I was prepared to sit down and have a conversation with him about moving forward but after training he said he feels as though it is probably beyond him.

“That is a really honest assessment from someone who has had the career he has had.

“What I did say to him was don’t be too hasty because your football career never comes back.

“Whether you are 34, 35, and if you can play until you’re 40 then play because it won’t come back.

“He is a great lad, is as fit as anyone I have ever known, but I did tell him not to be too hasty whether that is here or anywhere else.

“He is very keen to go into the coaching side and is on his pathway for his badges but I said don’t give your football career up in a hurry because it never comes back.

“I have seen a couple of people who regret not having the extra couple of years when their bodies are more than capable.

“That was my advice to someone I have known for a while.”

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