Hartlepool Utd’s Collins would love coaching role this season

Sam Collins  during training at Durham. Picture by FRANK REID
Sam Collins during training at Durham. Picture by FRANK REID
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SAM Collins says that he would “love” to be involved with Hartlepool United’s reserves in a coaching capacity this season.

The 36-year-old makes no secret of his desire to step into the world of management once his playing career has expired.

Collins signed a new one-year deal at Victoria Park during the summer and is set to start the League Two campaign as one of Colin Cooper’s first-choice centre-backs.

But the Yorkshireman, who already works with Hull City’s under-16 team, also has one eye on the second-string position with Pools.

That role has yet to be filled since Micky Barron’s departure at the end of last season and new boss Cooper could consider an internal appointment.

Youth development manager John Hewitson is another who could be tasked with the job, as he did on occasions last term, but Collins says he is willing to help out on any level.

“I will chat to the manager and see what his plans are from that point of view,” he told SportMail today.

“It is something I would love to do.

“I want to be a coach and I want to be a manager when I finish.

“I’ve only got one more badge to get and, of course, I’ve been involved at Hull City with the under-16s.

“So if Colin asked me to be involved then I’d say ‘yes’ straight away.”

Collins admits he is keen to take something – good and bad – from all of the coaches and managers he works under.

And it is all with the eventual aim of one day following in their footsteps.

“I’m learning things from every manager and coach I work under,” he went on.

“I’ve got a little book at home where I write everything down.

“You can learn as much from bad experiences sometimes, but everything we do I make a note of.

“You can never have too many ideas and, with Colin and Craig (Hignett), they’ve already brought a lot of new ideas into our sessions.”