FORMER Sunderland star Martin

The 32-year-old Yorkshireman succeeds Mick Smith, who has quit the post following a period of sick leave.

Scott will take charge of the side for tomorrows Football League Youth Alliance game against Hull City at Houghall College in Durham.

He had been in temporary charge in Smiths absence after agreeing to help out in a coaching capacity after originally just training with Pool to get fit.

Scott won two First Division title medals during his stay at Sunderland but his career was finished prematurely last year because of a serious ankle injury.

Pool boss Chris Turner said: "Martin was a good player and very professional and Im sure he has all the right attributes to be just as good a coach.

"I think he will be an excellent addition to our set-up."

Wearsider Smith, meanwhile, has left Victoria Park after two seasons as youth team manager.

The former Wimbledon hard-man defender was a former Hartlepool player and played a vital role in the clubs fight to avoid relegation to the GM Vauxhall Conference in the Fourth Division survival campaign in 1989-90.

Meanwhile, Chris Turner is giving his all-out attacking formation another try tomorrow when Pool entertain Shrewsbury.

The Pool boss feels the 3-4-1-2 formation which resulted in a goalless draw against Cheltenham on Monday is worthy of another crack against Kevin Ratcliffes men.

That means Craig Midgley and Sam Shilton will be handed their second starts of the season at Victoria Park.

Turner said: "We have been experimenting with formations over pre-season and can now play however we feel the opposition will struggle against."