Pam Duxbury: New Hartlepool United manager knows what it takes to succeed

New Pools boss Craig Harrison.
New Pools boss Craig Harrison.

Chairwoman Pam Duxbury believes Craig Harrison is the right man to help her “rebuild” Hartlepool United.

The chief executive, who joined the club in mid-season as finance director, has been handed the running of the club following the sudden and shock departure of Gary Coxall.

Coxall quit days before the final game of the season and the last match in the club’s 96-year-stay in the Football League.

Duxbury has been forced to pick up the pieces after relegation AND find a new boss.

She is delighted to have appointed Harrison, announcing the move yesterday.

The 39-year-old ex-Middlesbrough and Crystal Palace defender has carved quite a reputation in the Welsh Premier League, first with Airbus UK and then The New Saints.

With TNS, the Gateshead-born coach has reeled off six Welsh Premier League triumphs, winning this season’s crown by 27 points and scoring 101 goals.

Harrison arrives with self-belief and, perhaps critically, with ‘no baggage’.

There have been no relegations, no disasters, only success and Pools will hope he can energise the team and club.

“I’m looking forward to working with Craig as we embark on a rebuild of the club,” said Duxbury.

“He knows what it takes to succeed and is determined to bring his winning formula to our club and get us back to where we belong in the Football League.

“I think fans and players alike will take to him when they see the passion, dedication and ideas that he has to take our club forward and realise its potential.”