HARTLEPOOL United stalwart Micky Barron wants to see the club appoint an experienced manager to help “guide” the club forward.
The 39-year-old former Pools player, coach and caretaker manager said he was “surprised” by the timing of Colin Cooper’s resignation but admitted it was right time for him to step down.
Cooper resigned after the 3-0 home defeat to Carlisle United, with player coach Sam Collins and Stephen Pears taking over on an interim basis.
Pools have impressed under Collins, a 2-1 win over Exeter City lifted them off the bottom of the Football League but the search for a permanent boss remains ongoing.
Former defender Barron, who also worked as youth team coach, reserve team coach and caretaker manager, spent 17 years at the club between 1996 and 2013.
“I was a little bit surprised by Colin’s resignation,” Barron told SportMail.
“I know it has been hard and results haven’t been what he would have wanted but I thought he might have been able to hang in there and try and turn it around.
“I totally understand the situation he had been in though and he obviously felt it was the right time to leave the club.
“That is his decision and nobody else can tell you when you should go.
“It was probably the right time for him to go.”
Chester-le-Street-born Barron played 374 times for Pools over the course of his career.
He left in the summer of 2013 when he was axed as assistant manager along with manger John Hughes, following relegation from League One.
Barron admits it is tough going for Pools but he has backed them to turn the season around and wants to see the appointment of an experienced manager with good contacts in the game.
“It is a really difficult time for everyone,” added Barron.
“Difficult for the people that work at the club, the players and the fans especially have taken it hard with a lot of frustration seems to be at IOR and the lack of investment.
“Whoever comes in will find the same situation, I don’t think a new manager will come in and have millions of pounds to spend.
“For me, it has to be someone with experience of the league, of managing players and working with a relatively small squad and a small budget.
“People like Brian Laws have been mentioned and probably fits that category.
“Someone that has worked at a few different clubs, has got the experience and can galvanise the club.
“They need somebody that can really guide the club forward.”
Pools also had a poor start last season but managed to win four out of five matches in October to propel them up Sky Bet League Two before they again battled against relegation as the season drew to a close.
Barron added: “There has to be hope.
“Last year Pools had a similar start, although it didn’t go on as long, but then they had a good run so it shows you can soon fly up the league.
“For me, it is a case of the sooner the better that they can get a manager in.”