Former Hartlepool United manager secures new role with England

Colin Cooper
Colin Cooper

Former Hartlepool United manager Colin Cooper has secured a new role working alongside Gareth Southgate with England Under-21s.

The Football Association has appointed a number of specialist coaches to work alongside the England men’s development teams.

Based at St. George’s Park, these six key roles will support the national coaches at every level from men’s Under-15s to men’s Under-21s, working as members of the various teams’ coaching staff.

An FA statement said: “Colin Cooper joins The FA working as part of Gareth Southgate’s Under-21 coaching setup.

“Having worked alongside Southgate in 2009 at Middlesbrough, he has since enjoyed spells as caretaker manager of Bradford City and as manager of Hartlepool United between 2013 and 2014.”

Cooper resigned as manager of League Two Pools in October 2014 after the club went bottom of the Football League following a 3-0 home defeat to rivals Carlisle United.

The former Middlesbrough player and coach had been out of work since, having missed out on the manager’s job at Gateshead, Halifax Town and Scunthorpe United.

But he has secured a new role working with his former Boro teammate Southgate.

Cooper is joined by other specialist coaches including Mark Robson, Lee Carsley, Aaron Danks, Mike Marsh, Lee Skyrme, Richard Hartis and Jack Robinson.

Head of development team coaching Matt Crocker said: “Each and every one of them has a wealth of experience not just in terms of their coaching, but valuable knowledge of working with younger players in an established youth development set up at club level.

“I’m also really pleased to have been able to get two fantastic goalkeeping coaches join our ranks.

“These specialist coaching roles have been designed to help us maximise the time on the pitch we have with the players for the International stage.

“It will really enable us to have a greater focus on particular areas of preparation and ensure we are developing the style of play we want to see from our development teams, as part of the England DNA.

“It’s been fantastic to see our teams enjoying success over recent weeks in qualifying for their respective international tournaments.

“Helping the players develop and progress through the England pathway, as well as achieve tournament success is a critical part of our work.

“Bringing in the calibre of the coaches that we have can only help us to produce winning England teams in the future.”