Paul Murray named as new Hartlepool United manager

Referee Scott Mattieson looks on as Paul Murray wins the ball. Hartlepool United V Exeter City 2-0 03-09-2011. Photograph by FRANK REID

Referee Scott Mattieson looks on as Paul Murray wins the ball. Hartlepool United V Exeter City 2-0 03-09-2011. Photograph by FRANK REID

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HARTLEPOOL United have announced former midfielder Paul Murray as their new manager.

The 38-year-old last night emerged as the bookmakers favourite after being given permission by Oldham Athletic to speak to Pools about the vacancy.

The Cumbrian has now been confirmed as the new manager at Victoria Park, replacing Colin Cooper who resigned earlier this month.

Willie Donachie, former Newcastle United development coach, has been appointed as assistant manager, while player coach Sam Collins, who had been caretaker, will return to his duties with the reserve team.

Murray made more than 100 appearances for Pools between 2010-13, and has made no secret of his desire to move into management.

He was a coach at Oldham Athletic and the Latics have not stood in his way after being offered the chance of a return to the Vic.

A short statement by the club read: “Hartlepool United are delighted to announce the appointment of Paul Murray as the new manager at Victoria Park.

“Willie Donachie has been appointed as assistant manager, with Sam Collins continuing as assistant First/Reserve team coach and Stephen Pears remaining as goalkeeper coach.”

Pools have been under the caretaker stewardship of Collins since Cooper resigned after the home defeat by Carlisle earlier this month.

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