Colin Cooper: I am a not a liar says Hartlepool United boss as Luke James row goes on

UPSET: Hartlepool United manager Colin Cooper. Picture by FRANK REID
UPSET: Hartlepool United manager Colin Cooper. Picture by FRANK REID

COLIN Cooper is angry he’s being made to look the villain in the Luke James transfer row

James’ future at the club is very much up in the air after the player went AWOL but the striker’s actions have not gone down well with supporters or his manager.

Speaking after the win over the Dons, a clearly angry Cooper hit out at accusations made about him over the James saga.

He added: “Apparently everything is my fault, which isn’t true, and I’m not happy to be called dishonest and a liar, because I’m neither.

“The fact of the matter is that after the game against Dagenham on Tuesday night Luke has chosen not to come back to the football club.

“Whose advice? I don’t know.

“Where does it leave things? Until he comes back to work I can’t do anything.

“I’ve spoke to him and asked why and that conversation remains private.

“But I’m being accused of things I’m certainly not, so I will stand my corner and fight.

“I cannot speak for him or his nearest and dearest or anyone advising him, but if someone calls me a liar I am going to fight back.

“The fact that Luke hasn’t turned in for work for three days is, for me, pretty bad advice.”