Pools to name new boss next week?

LEADING CONTENDER: Phil Brown

LEADING CONTENDER: Phil Brown

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HARTLEPOOL United will begin interviewing for their vacant managerial position next week.

Despite reports suggesting otherwise, Pools have yet to meet with the candidates who are in the running to replace Neale Cooper.

As reported in SportMail on Monday, the club will adhere to their normal recruitment policy and a shortlist has now been drawn up.

Former Pools star Phil Brown will be one of those interviewed and he is currently the odds-on favourite with bookmakers to land the role.

Micky Barron remains a strong contender and a good result in today’s FA Cup tie at Chesterfield could aid his cause.

Pools, understandably, will not be rushed into a decision and chairman Ken Hodcroft and chief executive Russ Green could yet be swayed by the strength of interview.

To suggest Brown’s arrival is a done deal is premature, although he would be a very popular choice among supporters and has confirmed his interest in the position.

We told you on Tuesday that the former Hull City boss had applied for the job and this prompted a market move for the South Tynesider with his price tumbling from 16-1.

SEE Saturday’s Mail for full story