Hartlepool Utd boss eyes new signings after poor Notts County display

Neale Cooper. Picture by FRANK REID
Neale Cooper. Picture by FRANK REID

NEALE Cooper will look to bring in fresh blood in the wake of Colin Nish’s departure – but the manager will be torn as to which position.

His original wish was to add a left-winger to his ranks towards the end of pre-season, but he now sees cause for concern across the park.

Three games in and Pools have conceded seven and scored none – the latest below-par display coming during Tuesday’s 2-0 defeat at Notts County – and Cooper (above) has twice delivered damning appraisals of his side’s efforts.

And the Scot, who yesterday saw Nish move to SPL side Dundee in a four-month loan deal, today told SportMail: “There are one or two players in there not doing well enough and I have told them that.

“If it means bringing other people in, if we can, then I will.

“If players want to go then they can – I’ll bring in people to defend better than that and compete better all over the park.”

It’s not just the defenders who have found themselves on the receiving end of Cooper’s ire.

“The final ball in the last third has got to be better,” he went on.

“Simon Walton has to do a lot better.

“I didn’t think he did much in the middle of the park on Tuesday.

“But we were falling over balls in the first half, they weren’t.

“It was basic things which have got to be better, from everyone.”

Cooper could now renew his interest in Sunderland forward Ryan Noble, who enjoyed a loan spell at Victoria Park last season.

The 21-year-old has found himself back in the reserves at the Stadium of Light and the imminent arrival of Steven Fletcher will push him further down the pecking order.