Search begins for next Pools boss with Penney and Cooper in frame

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HARTLEPOOL United will today begin their search for a new manager following the sacking of Mick Wadsworth, writes CRAIG HOPE.

The first-team coach was ‘relieved of his duties’ by chairman Ken Hodcroft yesterday afternoon after a club-record run of seven straight home defeats.

But attention has very quickly turned to the identity of the next man to fill the vacant hotseat at Victoria Park and SportMail understands the club expect to be inundated with up to 60 applications.

And, unless caretaker Micky Barron embarks on a winning run over coming games and strengthens his case for the position, it is thought Pools will look to bring in an outside candidate.

We have learnt that former Pools manager Neale Cooper is in the running.

The Scot has rebuilt his relationship with the club in recent months and his son, Alex, was on trial at the Vic earlier in the season.

The 48-year-old is a friend of chief executive Russ Green and he was at a Pools game earlier this year.

His last post was at Peterhead but he left in March with them bottom of the Scottish Second Division.

Cooper’s odds were as short as 2/1 today, edging ahead of early front-runner Dave Penney, the former Darlington boss who had initially been installed as favourite.

The 47-year-old has been out of work since being sacked by Bristol Rovers in March .

Barron, meanwhile, as well as Pools’ record appearance holder Ritchie Humphreys, are also in the frame.

The pair have long since been tipped to make the transition from on-the-field favourite to manager, although at this point in time that appears too soon.

Read the full story in Wednesday’s Mail where we look at other names in the frame such as Nobby Solano, Ian Bogie, Ritchie Barker, Mark Robins, Colin Cooper, Brian Laws and Mark Venus.