FOR a man who gave Hartlepool United fans the best years of their lives it was a desperately disappointing way to go out.
Neale Cooper, a man who gained cult status after becoming the most successful boss in the club’s history, offered his resignation after only one win in 14 games this season.
It was an offer Pools had no option but to accept.
Even the fans who for years had spoken of the Scot in almost god-like terms had accepted that change was inevitable.
And that is the saddest part of it, Cooper losing some of the lustre he gained from those magical times between 2003-05.
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