Hartlepool Utd have the dream ticket to get the club on the up again

Neale Cooper
Neale Cooper

CHRIS Westwood believes Hartlepool United have the dream ticket to get the club back on the up again.

Pools yesterday appointed Neale Cooper to succeed Mick Wadsworth as first-team coach – six and a half years after sacking the most successful manager in their history.

Chairman Ken Hodcroft has put his faith in Cooper to bring back the good times and the crowds to Victoria Park.

And 2003 promotion hero Westwood backs Cooper to do just that with the assistance of coaches Micky Barron and Ritchie Humphreys.

Barron was the skipper during Cooper’s reign on Clarence Road, with Humphreys the star player in midfield.

Westwood feels the combination of the old allies will restore the glory days.

“Mr Hodcroft has obviously appointed Coops with the aim of getting some of the magic back that was there before,” the 34-year-old told SportMail. “He will have two of the players from that era working with him and that will be important.