NEALE Cooper would not be the first manager to laud the merits of Paul Murray – but the Pools boss admits he sees something of himself in the midfield terrier.
The Scot forged a fearsome reputation during his time at Aberdeen, earning the nickname “Godzilla” as a result of his ferocious tackling.
Cooper operated in much the same domain as Murray, right, a holding midfield player with the remit to disrupt the opposition.
And the new gaffer has been thrilled with the contribution of his anchorman during the current four-match unbeaten run.
“Paul Murray has been excellent for me,” Cooper said.
“He’s coming up to 36 now but he’s still such a fit boy.
“He’s just sits in that role and breaks it up perfectly.
“He protects the two centre-backs very well.
“It’s similar to a role I used to play sometimes at Aberdeen, just sitting in as a midfield player.
“It’s sometimes a bit of an ugly role but it’s an important one and one your team-mates appreciate especially.
“He’s worked extremely hard and he’s a very good professional footballer.”