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Hartlepool United have appointed Colin Cooper as the club's new manager with Craig Hignett as his assistant boss
Hartlepool United boss John Hughes says he won't walk away from the club despite their relegation to League Two
Middlesbrough 2-3 Sheffield Wednesday
Southend United 1-2 Hartlepool United
Exeter City 1-1 York City
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Championship Middlesbrough v Sheffield Wednesday
Hartlepool United have confirmed that striker Luke James has handed in a written transfer request.
A club statement read:
– Hartlepool United statement
Pools striker Luke James has today handed in a written transfer request.
The club has acknowledged the request but advised Luke that he remains under contract to Hartlepool United.
There will be no further comment at this time.
The 19-year-old has risen through the youth ranks at Victoria Park and was voted the club's Player of the Year and the Players' Player of the Year last season.
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Sky Bet Championship Middlesbrough v Birmingham
Colin Cooper has made his second signing of the summer for Hartlepool United - the former Middlesbrough man Stuart Parnaby.
The club said Cooper was quick to make his move once he realised Parnaby was a free agent, because he can play anywhere across the back four or in midfield.
Parnaby grew up in County Durham and rose through the youth ranks at Middlesbrough. He was part of the Birmingham City side that beat Arsenal to life the League Cup in 2011.
Hartlepool United could be without winger Andy Monkhouse for up to six weeks due to a hamstring injury.
The 33-year-old picked up the problem during the club's 4-0 League Two win over Bristol Rovers on Saturday. Scans have revealed Monkhouse has a grade two strain in his left hamstring, which normally requires four to six weeks in the treatment room.
Manager Colin Cooper said: "It's disappointing news because Andy has played a lot of games for us this season in a few different positions as well.
He added: "It presents an opportunity for someone, if not Jack [Compton] then one of the other players who think they can have an impact in that position."
Monkhouse has scored five goals in 34 league appearances for Hartlepool this season.
Middlesbrough football club has appointed Craig Hignett as assistant head coach to Aitor Karanka.
Hignett has left his position at Hartlepool United, where he has been doing the same job for Colin Cooper.
He returns to Middlesbrough, a team he once played for, just ten months after he left his post as a youth coach at the club. During his career, he made 194 appearances for Boro - scoring 48 goals.
Hartlepool United boss Colin Cooper is hoping to keep the pressure on the teams above his side in League Two with a victory over Southend tonight.
Hartlepool have bolstered their squad with the loan signings of Jack Barmby and Luke Williams.
Midfielder Barmby, who is the offspring of the former England forward Nick, arrives from Manchester United, whereas Williams has made the shorter move from Middlesbrough.
Hartlepool United have confirmed that striker Steve Howard has left the club by mutual consent.
The 37-year-old had fallen out of favour under Colin Cooper this season and his contract was due to expire at the end of the current campaign. The club has now reached an agreement with Howard that brings his second spell at Victoria Park to an end.
The club has said the agreement will reduce its costs and help them adhere to the Football League Salary Capping requirements. Pools added that it allows flexibility for recruiting loan players should they be needed.
Howard first joined Hartlepool in 1995 and spent four years with the club until he left for Northampton Town in 1999. He then rejoined Pools as a free agent in 2012 after being released by Leicester City.