Quick decision on Hartlepool United's new manager crucial - Matthew Bates

A quick decision is the only decision for Hartlepool United in their hunt for a manager '“ that's the view of current caretaker Matthew Bates.

Saturday, 28th April 2018, 7:00 am
New Hartlepool United owner Raj Singh must act quickly and name a new  first team manager, according to current caretaker boss Matthew Bates.
New Hartlepool United owner Raj Singh must act quickly and name a new first team manager, according to current caretaker boss Matthew Bates.

Raj Singh’s first major call as new owner is close to being announced, with a new boss expected to be unveiled next week.

The Mail understands it could even be announced by Monday.

Bates is on the FOUR man shortlist for the post, while Blyth Spartans’ Alun Armstrong and Jason Ainsley, of Spennymoor Town, are also reportedly keen.

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Whatever the decision, Bates believes it is for the good of the club that a call is made sooner rather than later.

When asked whether further talks were planned regarding the vacancy, Bates said: “No. I don’t want to say too much about it.

“The chairman said he wanted to come out and make a decision quickly. I think that is the right thing to do.

“Last summer when Craig (Harrison) came in it was quite late on.

“Planning wasn’t done, players came in quickly. We don’t want that again.

“That is why it is important to get someone in quickly to look at who they want to keep, who they want to bring in and make other plans.”

One man who will not be handed the reins at Pools is former Darlington boss Martin Gray.

It is understood current York City chief Gray was one of a number of managers considered prior to the takeover, as Pools new owners explored all options to arrest the decline.

But interest is said to have ended at that stage.

“Let’s see what the next week brings on that front,” said Bates.

“The players need to know what’s going on, the club needs a full-time manager to plan pre-season, make decisions on contracts so the sooner it’s decided the better.

“I couldn’t have done any more than I’ve done and it’s up to the chairman to make that decision.

“I think I’ve done well with what I’ve had in terms of numbers of players and I’d like to be here next season with a fresh squad and some of my own players in here to really get my ideas across.”