Honour: Rock-bottom Hartlepool is still an attrative job

Brian Honour. Picture by FRANK REID
Brian Honour. Picture by FRANK REID

HARTLEPOOL United legend Brian Honour believes the vacant manger’s job is still an attractive one – despite Pools being bottom of the Football League.

Horden-born Honour scored 36 goals in 384 first team matches for the club between 1985 and 1994 and is well placed to have his say on the situation at the club he loves.

He admitted he “wasn’t surprised” that former manager Colin Cooper handed in his notice after the 3-0 home defeat to Carlisle United last weekend because of the results on the pitch.

Honour likens the current situation to when Cyril Knowles took over as manager in December 1989 and helped steer struggling Pools towards safety that season.

He told SportMail: “I have been in this situation at Pools before and back then we had Cyril Knowles who came in and transformed the whole club.

“We were heading for the trap door and struggling until he came in.

“I’m not so sure if there is another Cyril Knowles type out there and whoever does come in is restricted on the types of player they can bring in.

“It is now down to the players to deliver.

“We are now bottom of the league and have to fight like hell to get out of the situation.

“Back then we trained seven days a week, 9am to 5pm and he never gave anybody a day off until he saw we were getting points on the board.

“It was a hard slog but that was what was needed, players are different now though and circumstances change.”

But despite Pools being bottom of Sky Bet League Two with just eight points, Honour still believes the manager’s job is an attractive one for any new manager coming in.

The 50-year-old told SportMail: “It is still an attractive job - without a doubt.

“It is a great club and I go back to what we were like under Cyril.

“It was a ramshackle of a ground then and we didn’t have any facilities or training ground.

“Look at what they have now, superb facilities.

“They have a fantastic ground and training ground and do everything right.

“Whoever takes over can only go up, it is an opportunity for somebody.

“The main thing is getting results and moving up that table.

“If that happens then I will be happy.”

The Pools legend admitted Cooper’s resignation didn’t come as a shock, given the poor results on the pitch.

Honour added: “I wasn’t surprised with Colin’s decision to be honest.

“I don’t like to see anybody lose their job and it is a horrible situation as he is a family man but we are in a results business.

“If you look at the points on the board this season and how we finished last season then something had to give.

“Colin knows that, it is just a fact of life.

“If you go into management you will be judged by results.”