SAM Collins has gone from general back to being a soldier and he’s vowed to do his duty for his club.
When Colin Cooper quit earlier this month, Hartlepool United installed Collins as caretaker boss.
Now Pools have appointed Paul Murray, Collins has returned to the ranks, though he will still continue in his coaching role.
“Right from being a young lad I always wanted to be a manager,” said the 37-year-old who has served Pools since 2008.
“I always respected them and tried to think about things their way, what they were trying to do.
“I’ve never criticised managers because I’ve always thought it’s hard to manage 20-odd people and there’s all the stuff behind the scenes as well.
“Obviously I’ve done it for a couple of weeks and I loved it.
“It’s even better when you win but doing the job and being hands-on is brilliant.
“Now the gaffer’s come in I will do everything I possibly can because I have a lot of respect for him, he’s a great guy.
“We had a right go when we played together and we’ll have a right go now.
“We have a great staff and great set of lads, which we’ll look to add to, and we’ll have a right go.”
Collins, who will be at the heart of the Pools defence tomorrow against Cambridge United, is confident Murray will turn it around, if the club can strengthen their squad.
“The sooner we get two or three players in the better, we’ll be all over the place having a look around, and making a lot of phone calls between the gaffer, Willie Donachie and myself.
“Once we can add to the group, the sooner we can start going in the other direction.
“Hopefully we’ll start climbing the table.”
Collins believes Pools have got the right man and at the right time – there is still two thirds of the season to play after all.
“There is plenty of time and plenty of games to go,” Collins added.