Ex-Newcastle United star Nolberto Solano up for the “challenge” of saving Hartlepool United

Nolberto Solano in action for Hartlepool United. Picture by FRANK REID.
Nolberto Solano in action for Hartlepool United. Picture by FRANK REID.
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FORMER Newcastle and Hartlepool United winger Nolberto Solano has admitted he would relish the “challenge” of taking over the hotseat at Victoria Park.

The 39-year-old, who ended his 19-year-old playing career at Pools in 2012, is looking for a route into management and has highlighted the vacant jobs at Hartlepool and Motherwell.

The Peruvian, who lives in the North East with his family, has previously spent time coaching in Peru and Canada.

Pools are looking for their third manager of the season after boss Paul Murray and his assistant Willie Donachie were sacked following the 2-1 FA Cup defeat to Blyth Spartans.

“I want to prove myself. I want to show what I can do as a manager,” said Solano.

“Hartlepool would be a why not? It is an opportunity.

“It is a really difficult time for the club, but it’s a challenge.

“Life is a challenge all the time so it would be nice to get at least the opportunity,” said Solano.

The former midfielder played 16 games for Pools, scoring twice, in the 2011-2012 season before retiring from football.

He has since been coaching abroad but is looking for a management job in the UK and admits he “cannot live without football”,

“I’m looking anywhere,’ added the former winger.

“I’m prepared to take that challenge, that opportunity. But we’ll see. Maybe there are too many managers around.

“I’m simple.

“My philosophy in football is I would always like to play football.

“Even if you play in League One, League Two, you need to play. You need to be at that level. You need to bring more quality.

“That’s my philosophy,” added Solano in an interview with the Daily Mail.