Rochdale boss does not expect to lose his Number Two to Hartlepool United

Former Hartlepool United midfield player Chris Beech. Picture by FRANK REID
Former Hartlepool United midfield player Chris Beech. Picture by FRANK REID

ROCHDALE Keith Hill says he wouldn’t stand in the way of Chris Beech becoming a manager but has questioned whether the vacant Hartlepool United post is the one for him.

Beech, who played 104 games for Pools scoring 26 goals before leaving for Huddersfield Town, is second favourite behind Craig Hignett for the job following Paul Murray’s sacking.

Terry Butcher.

Terry Butcher.

But Hill has hit out at the decision to axe Murray after just seven matches, the third manager to criticise Pools following David Flitcroft and Lee Johnson.

Hill said: “Even if the rumours are true, if I was Chris Beech there’s no way I would entertain going to Hartlepool as first-team manager because look at Paul Murray – he’s out of work within seven games!”

“If it was something that Chris wanted to do, I would never stand in his way.

“With the experience I’ve had obviously with Flicker [his former number two Bury boss Dave Flitcroft], I would never stand in Chris’ way of becoming a manager.

Craig Hignett.

Craig Hignett.

“But where’s the plan from the people in charge at Hartlepool?

“Where’s the faith that they’ve got in Paul Murray, the person they earmarked as the best person to manage them?”

Former Pools midfielder Darrell Clarke, currently boss at Conference side Bristol Rovers, has ruled himself out.

Clarke told BBC Radio Bristol: “It’s always nice to be linked with any job. I spent a good six years playing up there. I still know a lot of people at the club, but I’m happy with my job.

“I’ve got unfinished business here, so nip that one in the bud straight away.”

Other names in the frame include former Middlesbrough coach Mark Venus, ex-Scunthorpe United boss Brian Laws, ex-Tranmere Rovers boss Ronnie Moore while former England captain Terry Butcher has also been linked.

Butcher had been favourite for the vacant Motherwell job after being interviewed for the post at Fir Park but has ruled himself out of the running.

Player coach Sam Collins is currently in caretaker charge at Pools and is expected to be in the dugout for Saturday’s trip to Burton Albion in Sky Bet League Two.