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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

Hughes to stick with Hartlepool

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

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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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Hartlepool United's John Hughes sacked

John Hughes has been sacked from Hartlepool United. Credit: PA

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.

Poolie Penguins dress up on their way to Crawley

More than 100 Hartlepool United fans travelled to their last game, against Crawley Town dressed, as penguins.

Penguins on the London Underground
Penguins on the platform at the London Underground Credit: Craig Borthwick

The fancy dress is an end-of-season tradition for supporters. Last year, they dressed up as Smurfs.

Penguins in a lift
Penguins squeeze into a lift on their way to Crawley in London Credit: Craig Borthwick

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