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Pools appoint Cooper as new boss

Hartlepool United have appointed Colin Cooper as the club's new manager with Craig Hignett as his assistant boss

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Hartlepool United boss John Hughes says he won't walk away from the club despite their relegation to League Two

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Humphreys given PFA role

Ritchie Humphrey's played for Hartlepool United from 2001 to 2013 Credit: John Walton/EMPICS Sport

Former Hartlepool United veteran Ritchie Humphreys has been elected as the new Chairman of the Professional Footballers' Association.

The 35-year-old, who spent 12 years with Pools from 2001 to 2013, succeeds Clarke Carlisle in the role after being chosen by the PFA's Management Committee.

Humphrey's told the organisation's official website: "I am fully committed to the role that the PFA plays across all areas of football and will make every effort to continue the great work which Clarke has put in during his time as Chairman.”

Cooper could add to Hartlepool squad

Hartlepool United manager Colin Cooper says he could still add to his squad before the end of the current transfer window.

Among the new arrivals is defender Christian Burgess, who has joined on loan from Middlesbrough. Striker Nialle Rodney has also arrived at Victoria Park as a free agent. But Cooper says he's still looking at potential signings.

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Colin Cooper: We expect high level of commitment from players

"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, First Team Manager for Hartlepool United.

Hartlepool United's new manager: I want to do job well

New First Team Manager for Hartlepool United, Colin Cooper, says he wants to show people he can do the job. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

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."

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