Manager latest: Hartlepool United set to name Matthew Bates as new boss

Matthew Bates.
Matthew Bates.

Matthew Bates is set to be named as Hartlepool United manager on a full-time basis.

The 31-year-old guided Pools away from the National League relegation zone, having taken over in a caretaker basis after the sacking of Craig Harrison in February.

In his 13 games in charge Bates oversaw five wins, four draws and four defeats.

It is expected Bates' assistants Ged McNamee and Ross Turnbull could remain at the club as part of the Bates agreement.

Although, as yet, the finer details of the deal are yet to be agreed.

And the other two remaining alongside Bates depends a lot on the finance available, with owner and chairman Raj Singh keen to cut the club's cloth to suit this summer.

Further meetings will take place today, before Singh gives the move the green light.

It is hoped an announcement can be made in the next 48 hours.

Pools interviewed three other candidates for the role - one of which is understood to be Blyth Spartans boss Alun Armstrong.

But, having been impressed by Bates' approach since taking the reins, Pools are set to stick with the former Middlesbrough defender next season.

Bates remaining at Pools could well mean a whole host of players, whose deals are up this summer, could remain at Victoria Park, with the manager a very popular figure within the dressing room.