TRIBUTES have been paid to a former Hartlepool United manager who died earlier this week.
Northumberland-born Ken Hale managed Pools from 1974-76 having spent his playing days with Newcastle United, Coventry, Oxford, Darlington and Halifax.
Mr Hale died at the weekend, aged 74.
Prior to moving to take over at Victoria Park, Hale had a brief spell as player-manager at local rivals Darlington.
During his time at the helm, he oversaw 119 matches, winning 39 of them, drawing 31 and losing 49.
After replacing Len Ashurst prior to the start of the 1974-75 campaign, Hale led Pools to a 13th placed finish in Division Four.
But after a difficucult start to the following season, he was relieved of his duties in the October to be replaced by Billy Horner.
A Hartlepool United spokesman said: “We were terribly sorry to hear of Ken’s death earlier this week.
“He managed the club during a difficult period in the 1970s and was a good servant to Hartlepool United.
“It is sad news, and the thoughts of everyone at the club are with Ken’s family and friends.”