Legend Honour tells Hartlepool United: I can’t lend a hand this time

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CLUB legend Brian Honour has revealed he won’t be returning to Hartlepool United to help out with the coaching this time.

Player-coach Sam Collins has been handed the reins at Victoria Park on a temporary basis for the second time this season following Paul Murray’s sacking.

Last time round, 50-year-old Honour was drafted in to the bolster the coaching staff but he has revealed that won’t be happening this time.

Honour said: “I have had a taste of it before.

“It is not that I wouldn’t, if I could help in anyway I would, but, with work commitments and holiday commitments, I can’t.

“My knee is also bad.

“I love the club and have a lot of time for Sam [Collins] and he has a chance if he can get some results.

“He is young and eager and if I could I would help but I can’t this time round.”

In October, Honour offered his services to the club after previously spending time on the coaching staff in 1995 following his retirement from playing and also served as joint caretaker manager alongside Paul Baker in 1999.

He assisted Collins and goalkeeper coach Stephen Pears for two matches at home to Luton Town and away to Accrington Stanley before Murray and Willie Donachie were appointed.

Honour admitted he was left shell-shocked by the FA Cup defeat to Blyth Spartans on Friday night, which proved to be Murray’s final game in charge at Pools.

He believes that coupled with the woeful league form has caused the club to act especially with the January transfer window just weeks away.

Honour added: “I am still struggling to get my head around the Blyth defeat to be honest – I have never been so low after a football match.

“I keep seeing patches of the game and it is like a bad dream.

“That, coupled with where we are in the league, the club have acted but it is tough.

“Some people will say he didn’t get a chance and I feel for Paul.

“But if the board were thinking of making a change then, as harsh as it sounds, it is better to do it sooner rather than later especially with the transfer window just around the corner rather than let it drift.

“If you wait until after Christmas then that is another four matches and another 12 points gone.

“It is harsh, there is no getting away from that and he hasn’t had long.

“But they think it is the right thing to do.”

Early frontrunners for the job include ex-player and assistant boss Craig Hignett, Brian Laws and caretaker boss Collins, but Honour says there are “no guarantees” with whoever comes in.

Honour added: “There are people like Brian Laws and Ronnie Moore, experienced characters.

“It just depends which way the board want to go and what contacts they have for January.

“The squad of players isn’t quite good enough and the league table doesn’t lie.

“I’m not calling the players, I’m just stating facts and the new manager needs contacts to add experienced players to the squad.

“Ideally, it needs somebody who has been in this situation before.”