New Hartlepool United manager Paul Murray excited about challenge ahead

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NEW Hartlepool United manager Paul Murray said he is delighted to be back at the club and is already on the lookout for new players.

The 38-year-old last night emerged as the bookmakers favourite after being given permission by Oldham Athletic to speak to Pools about the vacancy.

The Cumbrian has now been confirmed as the new manager at Victoria Park, replacing Colin Cooper who resigned earlier this month.

Willie Donachie, former Newcastle United development coach, has been appointed as assistant manager, while player coach Sam Collins, who had been caretaker, will return to his duties with the reserve team.

Murray will take immediate charge and lead training with the squad on Friday prior to being in the dugout for Saturday’s game at Cambridge United.

“I am delighted to be here.

“It is nice to be back especially in this managerial capacity.

“Russ [Green] rang me yesterday, I in turn spoke to Oldham and said look I would like to go speak to Hartlepool.

“I had a long discussion with the chairman and Russ this morning and it seems I was there number one candidate.

“It has been a bit of a whirlwind but I am thoroughly looking forward to getting into it,” said Murray who was speaking to the club’s website.

Murray added: “This is a great opportunity.

“I have learned a lot at Oldham and will bring that to the table but also have my own views and opinions as well.

“You take the best bits and forget the bad bits.

“I have worked with a lot of managers and hopefully I can roll them into one.

“I have Willie helping me and Sam as player coach.

“Willie is very experienced and local and he has been watching a bit in non-league.

“We are on the lookout for players and the chairman has been brilliant,” added Murray who said he will be making the sole decisions on player recruitment.

Murray made more than 100 appearances for Pools between 2010-13, and has made no secret of his desire to move into management.

He was a coach at Oldham Athletic and the Latics have not stood in his way after being offered the chance of a return to the Vic.

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