Cooper says don’t worry to Hartlepool United fans


NEALE Cooper has issued a “don’t worry” message to Hartlepool United fans.

The Pools first-team coach has yet to make any new signings since Jonathan Franks joined the club in mid-May.

He has also just seen one of the club’s transfer targets, Tommy Miller, become the latest player to join League One rivals Swindon Town.

Cooper says he will wait to get the “right men” for the side’s campaign which starts on August 18, ironically against Paolo Di Canio’s Robins at Victoria Park.

Swindon this week have made four top signings – wide midfielder Gary Roberts, from Huddersfield Town, Shrewsbury striker James Collins, Yeovil goal-getter Andy Williams, and now Miller.

The 33-year-old had been strongly linked with a return to the Vic and the player himself, who lives nearby at Wynyard, told SportMail of his desire to wear the blue and white shirt again.

But Di Canio, armed with Swindon’s financial clout, has moved in to take the midfielder to the County Ground.

And while the Pools cheque book has remained closed thus far, Cooper says he is not going to bring in players now just for the sake of saying the club has signed someone.

“We have got to be patient,” Cooper told SportMail. “Not a great deal happens at this time because players who have been released in this country still get paid until the end of June

– in Scotland it’s a little different, it tends to be the end of May.

“So because the boys are still getting wages there is not a great deal of movement this month.

“And with clubs not starting pre-season training until July a lot of boys are still away on holiday.

“We will be patient in order to get the right men.”

Miller was one of two former players Pools have been linked with – powerful forward Steve Howard being the other.

Howard, available after being released by npower Championship club Leicester City, is understood to be receptive to a move back to the club for whom he scored 27 goals between 1995-99.

League One rivals Notts County are known to be interested in the 36-year-old and Howard lives in the Nottingham area.

SEE Friday’s Hartlepool Mail for full story