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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
Colin Cooper took charge of his first home game as Hartlepool United boss with Pools hosting North East rivals Middlesbrough in a pre-season friendly on Saturday.
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Colin Cooper has told Hartlepool United fans he desperately wants to succeed and he's looking forward to the challenge of managing the club. The former Middlesbrough and Sunderland player gave his first press conference after being named as first team Manager. Julia Barthram was there.
Colin Cooper has held his first press conference since being named as First Team Manager for Hartlepool United. Craig Hignett will be his assistant. The former Middlesbrough player becomes the sixth manager at the club in four and a half years.
– Colin Cooper, First Team Manager for Hartlepool United.
"We are going to have to be clever how we find our players, whether it be permanent or loans.
"The big three North East clubs have already expressed an interest in helping Hartlepool out. Myself and Craig have to be thankful we have so many friends in football.
"Everyone has to come with the idea we are going to go for this with a real fighting spirit. The players have to realise from day one we expect a high level of commitment."
Colin Cooper says he is desperate to do well at his new role after being appointed First Team Manager for Hartlepool United.
Speaking at a press conference this afternoon, 46-year-old, from Durham says he is passionate about his job and wants to show people he can do it.
He said: "I am desperately passionate about doing well at this job. I want to show people I can do it."
Hartlepool United has sacked its first team coach John Hughes.
The Scotsman only took over at Victoria Park last November, but he was unable to save Hartlepool from relegation to League Two.
Former Pool player Mickey Barron has also lost his job on the coaching staff.
The club have thanked the pair for their efforts in a statement late this afternoon and said there would be no further comment.
Hartlepool United have announced manager John Hughes has been sacked.
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More than 100 Hartlepool United fans travelled to their last game, against Crawley Town dressed, as penguins.
The fancy dress is an end-of-season tradition for supporters. Last year, they dressed up as Smurfs.