Nobby Solano’s future at Pools has come under further doubt after he failed to show for last night’s game.
The Peruvian was set to walk out on the club a few weeks ago and call time on his professional playing career having found himself frozen out of the first-team picture under Cooper.
Solano subsequently spent a period away from the club before returning, but there has been no official word from the club on his situation.
The latest twist came as the 37-year-old was named in Barron’s second-string team, but failed to show at the rendezvous point for the coach journey to Humberside.
Barron said: “Nobby was selected in the team but did not turn up at the pick-up point. We’re concerned about that, so efforts have been made to contact him.”
* Hartlepool manager Neale Cooper finally got to see striker James Poole in action last night.
The Scot was at North Ferriby on Humberside to watch the striker make his comeback following two months out with a lingering hamstring problem.
Poole played for an hour of the 2-0 second-string victory over Hull City and now looks set to return to the first-team substitutes’ bench for Saturday’s visit of MK Dons.
For coach Mickey Barron, the sight of the 21-year-old back in action comes as a mighty relief, for he has been at Cooper’s side during the nationwide trawl in search of a new frontman.
But each potential addition has failed to reach the standard of what they already have in their Victoria Park stable, and that is why Barron says that Poole can now be considered a “major signing”.
“It’s been hard for Neale because he’s never seen James play, yet he’s heard so much about him,” said the former Pools captain who now doubles as reserve-team boss and first-team coach.
“It’s been frustrating for everyone really, not least James himself, so to see him come back last night with no problems is fantastic news.
“During the time he’s been out we’ve watched countless reserve-team games, we’ve had scouts here, there and everywhere, and all that time we’re looking for something we know we’ve already got – a striker with pace.
“So you could say this is like the major signing Neale has been looking for and we just hope it all goes okay for him.”
Swedish trialist Samuel Adjei and Paul Johnson scored Pool’s goals.