Sky legend Jeff Stelling to climb Kilimanjaro with new Hartlepool United boss Colin Cooper

MOUNTAIN TREK: Jeff Stelling
MOUNTAIN TREK: Jeff Stelling
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COLIN Cooper today said he is expeting a stream of advice on how to manage Hartlepool United – from one of the club’s most high-profile fans.

Cooper, along with his right-hand man, Craig Hignett, is preparing to climb Mount Kilimanjaro for charity next month.

They are part of a 15-strong group who will go all the way up to the 4,895-metre summit of Africa’s highest mountain for the Finlay Cooper Fund, a children’s charity set up in memory of Colin’s son.

And the team, which sets off on June 6, will include Sky Sports presenter and proud Poolie, Jeff Stelling.

“Jeff’s a great guy,” said Cooper.

“I’m looking forward to spending some time with him up the mountain and I’m sure Jeff’s got some really good pointers about what we should be doing with Pools next season.

“It should be an exciting 10 days.

“I think it is quite fitting that we will all end up at the top of Mount Kilimanjaro with Jeff between me and Higgy as a Hartlepool trio.

“It’s brilliant to have Jeff with us.

“And I think a very poor quip will be that between us, we have two big mountains to climb in the next few months!”

And it is supposed to be Hignett who is the funny man in the new Pools management team.

But for all the smiles ahead of the trip, the cause for Cooper and his comrades is a special one.

The fund was set up by Colin, and his wife Julie, in memory of their two-year-old son, Finlay, who died in 2002.

SEE Monday’s Mail for full story and three pages on Colin Cooper’s arrival at Pools