Seven things we know about new Hartlepool boss Craig Harrison

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Former Middlesbrough defender Craig Harrison has been tasked with leading Hartlepool United back into the Football League.

The 39-year-old is from the region but is still something of an unknown. Here's some snippets of what we know about him.

1. Craig Harrison was born on November 10, 1977

2. Harrison played for Redheugh Boys Club as a youngster, the same youth set-up that spawned the careers of Paul Gascoigne and Don Hutchison, among others.

3. A left-back, he signed for Middlesbrough aged 16 and played in the Premier League and old Division One under Bryan Robson. He played 24 games for Boro before joining Crystal Palace in a £1million deal.

4. He suffered a horrific broken leg playing for Palace reserves against Reading on January 9, 2002. He never fully recovered and retired 15 months later aged 25.

5. He got back into football after his 30th birthday party, where he was introduced to Gareth Owen, player-manager of Welsh side Airbus UK Broughton. Owen was playing in the band at the party.

6. After taking over Airbus after Owen stepped down, Harrison then moved to The New Saints, first as Director of Football and then as manager.

7. Harrison guided TNS to six successive Welsh Premier League titles, six cups and a world record of 27 consecutive victories