Barrow boss Paul Cox set for Hartlepool United

Paul Cox seems extremely close to being named Hartlepool United manager - though it may cost Pools a sum in compensation to land him.

Thursday, 25th May 2017, 1:15 pm
Updated Sunday, 4th June 2017, 8:14 pm
Wanted man: Paul Cox. Picture courtesy North-West Evening Mail

There are conflicting reports today surrounding the future of the Barrow manager, whose odds of becoming the next Pools boss have tumbled to 1-6.

A report in the North-West Evening Mail has quoted a Barrow AFC official saying there have been no approaches from the Northern Gas & Power Stadium, while Sky Sports have just said that the Bluebirds have given Cox permission to speak to Pools.

Clear as mud then.

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However, the fact the odds have shortened dramatically suggest that money has been placed on the 45-year-old following information from inside sources.

Cox led Barrow to seventh in the National League this season, having led Mansfield to the NL title previously.

The Nottingham-born former Halifax and Notts Co midfielder still has two seasons of a three-year deal to run at Holker Street and the Cumbrian club would demand compensation before releasing him from his contract.