Jim Magilton emerges as contender for Pools job

Jim Magilton
Jim Magilton

FORMER Northern Ireland international Jim Magilton is the latest name to emerge in connection with the vacant managerial position at Hartlepool United, writes CRAIG HOPE.

It had all gone quiet on the hunt for Mick Wadsworth’s successor in recent days, until a flurry of betting activity over the past 24 hours.

Magilton and Brian Laws – first linked with the Pools job in SportMail on Monday – have both been the subject of market moves.

But it is the name of Magilton which has shot to favouritism.

He was as short as 2/1 with some bookmakers today, while Laws’ odds have tumbled from 16/1 to 6s.

Magilton hasn’t been in the managerial hotseat since leaving Queens Park Rangers by mutual consent two years ago.

That followed an alleged dressing-room altercation with one of his players.

The 42-year-old had previously enjoyed three seasons in charge at Ipswich Town, the club he played for between 1999 and 2006.

Magilton has this year been assisting Michael O’Neill at Shamrock Rovers.

O’Neill himself has expressed a definite interest in the Victoria Park vacancy and the pair had even been mooted as a managerial partnership for the Northern Ireland national team.

That position is also yet to be filled and Magilton was as low as 1/4 with the bookies this morning.

The outcome of the race for that role could yet have a bearing on who lands the job at Pools.

Laws, Sean O’Driscoll and Kevin Blackwell are among some of the other names linked with both positions.

SportMail believes that an appointment at the Vic is not imminent and caretaker coach Micky Barron could remain at the helm for at least the forthcoming away double-header against Oldham Athletic and Sheffield United.