New Hartlepool Utd boss to be ‘Mr Motivator’ for Sheffield Utd clash

Neale Cooper talking to the press. Picture by FRANK REID
Neale Cooper talking to the press. Picture by FRANK REID

NEALE Cooper will take on the role of “Mr Motivator” at Sheffield United tomorrow – leaving team selection to Micky Barron and Ritchie Humphreys, writes CRAIG HOPE.

The new Pools chief believes it would be unfair were he to demand complete control of team affairs within 48 hours of his arrival at Maiden Castle.

Indeed, with Barron – the temporary custodian of the hotseat in recent weeks – having been skipper under Cooper during his first spell at the club, the Scot has complete trust in his new backroom ally.

Although the 48-year-old insists he will be rallying his troops before and during the New Year’s Eve showdown with Danny Wilson’s Blades.

“I spoke to Micky and Ritchie and it would be wrong for me to come and totally stir things up and change the team,” he admitted.

“They have got a plan for the weekend and we’ll stick with that.

“It’s unfair if I try to change things straight away, especially after a very good performance on Monday at Oldham, because that was a great win.

“I’ll be in the changing room before the game and will speak with them today and tell them what we’re looking for.

“So I’ll be Mr Motivator and I can’t wait – I just have to make sure I know all of the lads’ names first.

“But there’s no bigger game to come in for because they’re a huge club with a very good side – I see no reason why we can’t win though.”

Full story and lots more on Cooper’s appointment in Friday’s Mail