New Hartlepool United chairman Gary Coxall to be hands-on, here, there and everywhere

Hartlepool United Chairman Gary Coxall. Picture by FRANK REID
Hartlepool United Chairman Gary Coxall. Picture by FRANK REID

Gary Coxall will be a full-time Hartlepool United chairman – but he won’t be moving to the town.

The 34-year-old will be at the Clarence Road club “as much as he can” but admits his role is focused on boosting the commercial side.

“I’ll be here as much as I can, but my emphasis is on the commercial side.

JPNG, a recruitment firm with offices in Essex, London and Dubai, has taken control of the League Two side after Increased Oil Recovery’s (IOR) decision to sell after 18 years.

IOR had been looking for new investment for the past 18-months and Coxall revealed he’d seen Pools in action up to 12 times towards the end of last season as negotiations took place.

And after looking at several other clubs to invest, JPNG decided Hartlepool United had the most potential – and Coxall insists the club is in good hands.

“I’ll be a full-time chairman, but I won’t be in Hartlepool full-time,” Essex-based Coxall told SportMail.

“I’ll be here as much as I can, but my emphasis is on the commercial side.

“I’ll be all over the country in meetings.

“I will be up and down the motorways, but spending a lot of time here too and getting to as many matches as possible.

“The emphasis is going away and making sure I am bringing something in.

“What me and JPNG want to do is bring in deals from outside the area into Hartlepool and help promote the area,” added Coxall.

JPNG were confirmed as the new owners on Monday afternoon, three days after IOR had confirmed they had sold the club.

The deal has been finalised by the Football League and the FA, with Coxall keen to build on the feel-good factor.

“There is a great feeling around the place,” he added.

“We have been looking at the club for about four months and it has been a long journey but the right one.

“We had to prove who we are, that we had the financial means and that the corporate structure was in place to support a club.

“Rightly so, because too many clubs change hands willy-nilly.

“We are here for a long time, to move this club on. JPNG has a fantastic future and so does Hartlepool United.”

Ronnie Moore has already added six new faces ahead of the start of pre-season training next Monday.

Coxall confirmed they had been kept up to speed but said JPNG cannot take any “credit” for the signings made by IOR before they sold up.

He added: “We have been involved in the signings but we can’t take any credit because they were signed under the old regime.

“We had dealings with the club throughout that time.”