Passionate Carl Magnay reveals he is happy to fall out with new Hartlepool teammates

Hartlepool United manager Ronnie Moore.
Hartlepool United manager Ronnie Moore.

Carl Magnay has no qualms over falling out with his Hartlepool United teammates as he looks to add more bite to the squad.

Ronnie Moore stressed bringing in more “characters” was high on his summer wishlist and Magnay certainly fits the bill.

I am not afraid to say what I feel or be told if I am not doing it

Carl Magnay

No-nonsense Magnay is a good talker and is looking to be a positive influence on a Pools dressing room that Moore insists was far too quiet last season.

The 26-year-old turned down the chance to stay with Conference side Grimsby Town to join Pools and move closer to home.

And the versatile defender is looking forward to ruffling some feathers but he also expects to be given a mouthful too if he isn’t performing.

“I know the manager wants characters in the squad and lads that can dig deep,” Magnay told SportMail.

“He wants people who will fall out in the dressing room, to show that passion.

“I think I can offer that.

“I am not afraid to say what I feel or be told if I am not doing it.

“I would expect to be told.

“The manager is focused on bringing in some big characters, people who can be a voice in the dressing room when times are tough,” added Gateshead-born Magnay.

Magnay was the third of Moore’s summer signings, with Rakish Bingham joining after being released from Mansfield Town and Rhys Oates from Barnsley.

The former Gateshead defender can play anywhere across the back four, or in a back three, with Moore favouring the 3-5-2 system again.

Magnay, who turned down interest from League One clubs to join Pools, swept the boards at the Mariners Player of the Year awards do and is keen to replicate that form at Victoria Park.

The former Leeds United and Chelsea youth, who also earned international recognition for Northern Ireland Under-21s in 2009, insists he won’t have any problems settling in at Pools.

He added: “I am very good friends with Michael Woods as we had four years at Chelsea together when we were young lads and I know Scott Fenwick too.

“He is from my area of Gateshead and know him well.

“That helps when you are settling in at a new club, when you know some of the lads, and I know the club too from being from this part of the world.

“I think the transition will be quite seamless.”