Murray’s a positive appointment, says Pools hero Allon

Former Hartlepool United star Joe Allon
Former Hartlepool United star Joe Allon
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PROMOTION hero Joe Allon has welcomed the “positive” appointment of Paul Murray as new Hartlepool United boss.

But he has called on the clubs owners to back Murray with funds for new players to avoid struggling Pools from doing the “unthinkable” and dropping out of the Football League.

Pools are second bottom of League Two and the 47-year-old, a 1991 promotion hero with Pools, said the fans deserve far better.

The man tasked with keeping Pools up is 38-year-old Murray, who played 105 matches for the club between 2010 and 2013, and he will be assisted by experienced coach Willie Donachie.

Allon, who scored an impressive 86 goals in 205 starts across two spells for Pools, told SportMail: “Paul is a former player and was popular among the fans and I think it is a positive appointment.

“He will give it 100 per cent and I have spoken with a lot of people and nobody has a bad word to say about him.

“I wish him all the very best and having an experienced Number 2 like Willie Donachie is a good thing for the club.

“Hartlepool have a good blend of youth an experience in the management team now.”

After being appointed on Thursday afternoon, Murray said he has the backing of the clubs owners IOR to add much-need new players to the squad and has already drawn up a wish-list.

Pools legend Allon said it is vital that the Cumbrian is given the backing in order to help get the club back up the League.

Allon said: “The league position is unacceptable and it has been coming for a while.

“The fans have paid their money up front, to buy the season tickets they deserve to see new players coming into the club, especially if players like Luke James and Jack Baldwin have been sold for big money.

“I have been in this situation a couple of times, second bottom of the league, and it is a very precarious position.

“The crest is the ‘Town’s Club’ and if we go out the league it will be an absolute disaster.

“But that could become reality and it needs to be addressed.”

Allon, who was guest of honour at the Mail’s Sports Awards this week, said he always looks out for the Pools result and has always had a “massive affinity” with supporters.

He added: “Pools is a massive part of people’s lives and it is unthinkable for them to even go out of the league.

“Football is a business but you have to support and produce for the people.

“The fans are everything, without them there is no football club.

“The supporters love their club and that is the most important thing to them.

“It is a great tribute to them turning week in week out and they definitely deserve more.

“If it ever happens going out the league it is such a struggle getting back in.”

Murray met with chief executive Russ Green and chairman Ken Hodcroft on Thursday morning before his appointment was officially announced later that day.

It is Murray’s first management job and player coach Sam Collins remains on the coaching staff while goalkeeper coach Stephen Pears will also remain at the club.