HARTLEPOOL United chairman Ken Hodcroft hopes the club has developed a “winning formula” with the appointments of Paul Murray and Willie Donachie.
Hodcroft revealed in his programme notes that manager Murray and his number two Donachie were the stand-out candidates for the vacant manager’s job following Colin Cooper’s resignation.
He said the club spoke with both of them before introducing them to each other.
It was then confirmed that Murray, who left his job as first team coach at Oldham Athletic, would lead the team, with the vastly experienced Donachie assisting him.
Hodcroft wrote: “The club had many good applications for the position of manager from both the UK and Europe.
“Those applications were reduced to a shortlist and two candidates stood out in different ways.
“After talking to both and introducing them to each other to suggest developing a winning formula, the outcome was made public.
“The task to lift the club up this league (and beyond?) will not be easy but Paul and Willie are no strangers to such a challenge and have attributes to complement each other and the capabilities to infuse these into the team and progress its development.
“We wish them well and also take the opportunity to thank Sam Collins for his time and effort to caretaker events after Colin Cooper’s resignation and also thank Brian Honour for enthusiastically helping Sam.”