Hartlepool Utd boss helps out old mate Sunderland’s Cattermole

Colin Cooper and Lee Cattermole watching the second half of Sunderland U21 game against Bolton Wanderers

Colin Cooper and Lee Cattermole watching the second half of Sunderland U21 game against Bolton Wanderers

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COLIN Cooper has revealed that he has tried to help his former Middlesbrough team-mate Lee Cattermole as his exile at Sunderland continues.

The 25-year-old has been ostracised by Black Cats manager Paolo Di Canio and was this week stripped of his favoured No.6 shirt having already lost the captaincy.

Pools boss Cooper has problems of his own at Victoria Park as his side venture to York City today looking for their first win of the season.

But that hasn’t stopped the former Boro favourite lending his advice to Cattermole, a player who was coming through the ranks on Teesside during the latter days of Cooper’s playing career.

“I saw Lee earlier this week - I would love to say we’re about to sign him on a four-year deal!” joked the Pools chief.

“But I have known Lee since he was 14 years old and I just tried to give him the benefit of my experience having been in a similar situation at about his age.

“Sometimes it’s about biting the bullet, getting on with your life and playing football.

“It is difficult for him though - he’s a cracking kid and a very good footballer, but he’s obviously feeling very frustrated.

“It happens in football, you get a manager which comes in and he just does not see you fitting into his plans.

“But you’ve just got to get on with things.”

Meanwhile, another player who Cooper knows well is Boro youngster Matty Dolan.

The Pools-born midfielder has been in talks with his hometown club over a loan switch but is thought to be considering all options before committing to a move.

And Cooper said: “I don’t want to keep piling everything onto Matty.

“He’s a player I know and a player I like.

“We’ve spoken about him but we’ve spoken about a lot of players, those calls and conversations are happening all of the time.”