New Hartlepool Utd boss to bond with squad on long trip to Exeter City

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NEALE Cooper has revealed that he will use his first overnight away trip to discover more about his new Hartlepool United players.

The Pools boss plans to spend some one-on-one time with several members of his squad during the course of the 700-mile round trip to Exeter City.

He’s already taken time to put an arm around the shoulder of a number of players in a bid to resurrect their form.

And Cooper’s power of motivation certainly had the desired effect last Saturday as a three-and-a-half-month wait for a home win was brought to an end with victory over Rochdale.

The Scot admits he’s not the biggest fan of mammoth south-coast treks, but says he intends to make the most of the extended trip.

“I’ve never loved these long journeys I must admit, but it is a chance for some good bonding time and I’ll use that to speak to one or two of the boys,” he said.

“It’s always good for a bit of banter, but I’ll try to talk to them about their performances and ask them how they felt they have done themselves.

“I’ve already done that with some of the boys, who are big players for this club, and they’ve admitted that they should be doing better.”

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