BUZZIN’ BRIAN – Caretaker hails impact of legend Honour on Hartlepool

Brian Honour. Picture by FRANK REID
Brian Honour. Picture by FRANK REID
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SAM Collins has hailed the instant impact club legend Brian Honour is having on his Hartlepool United squad.

The bubbly 50-year-old – who has even been dreaming of success at Pools – has been drafted in to help caretaker Collins and Stephen Pears coach the first team.

Collins was more than happy to welcome former winger Honour on board and the caretaker has admitted having an attacking coach on the staff has added a new dimension.

Managerless Pools have been without a forward coach ever since ex-boss Colin Cooper’s former assistant Craig Hignett left the club in March to join Aitor Karanka at Middlesbrough.

“I have played as a defender, when Colin was here he was a defender,” Collins told SportMail.

“You still understand the way it works but I agree that it is good to have somebody in that has played that position and has a lot of experience there.

“We can still put the right things over to the players but it does help having someone like Brian in.

“To pass on his experience to the young lads, in particular.

“I’ve known Brian and seen him in and around the ground and I know what people think of him and wanted to tap into that to get the best out the players.

“At this moment in time, having someone like Brian around will help us all.

“We all know his passion for the club, but he has more to offer than that. I know him as a person and his enthusiasm will rub off on the players.

“The ability he has is good and some of the work he has done with the strikers has been very good.

“All these little steps we try to build are aimed towards winning tomorrow.”

Honour has spent time on the Pools coaching staff before, in 1995 following his retirement from playing and also served as joint caretaker manager alongside Paul Baker in 1999.

Collins revealed Horden-born Honour, who scored 36 goals in 384 first team matches for the club between 1985 and 1994, hasn’t left him alone since he joined the coaching staff.

The club legend has even been dreaming about the pair celebrating success on an open top bus parade.

Success is someway off with Pools languishing in 21st in League Two but Collins said everyone at the club is passionate about turning the season around, quickly.

Pools, who beat Exeter City 2-1 away last weekend, host in-form Luton Town at Victoria Park tomorrow and the caretaker manager insists the buzz is back at the club.

Collins added: “Brian is even having dreams about me and him wearing white suits on an open top bus parade.

“He hasn’t left me alone since he arrived and I keep thinking was this really a good idea?

“Seriously though, he is brilliant around the lads and I said to him just get right in amongst the lads as soon as you arrive and he certainly did that.

“I always go back to [Olympic cycling coach] Sir David Brailsford and he always talked about those one per cents all adding up.

“This is part of it and if it means we win football matches then brilliant.

“Brian can’t wait for tomorrow, I can’t wait and all the staff are looking forward to it and the atmosphere around the place is similar to last week.

“Everybody had a good feeling about last Saturday and we need to maintain that and take everything into Luton.

“We can’t leave anything out on the pitch – we have to give it everything again.

“Last Saturday didn’t surprise me and what gave me the most satisfaction was the information the chief scouts had given us – everything was bang on.

“We put it to the players and showed them on a big screen and how the game panned out was exactly what we had worked on.

“That was the most pleasing aspect but we have to do that again tomorrow.”