Hartlepool United’s Nobby Solano says it’s too early for management

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NOBBY Solano will NOT be the next manager of Hartlepool United.

Bookmakers, in the wake of Mick Wadsworth’s exit, had installed Solano as third favourite for the job and he was still attracting some support late last night.

But the 36-year-old is not in the running for the position – although he does confess to a desire to enter the world of management at some stage.

“I love football and I want to stay in the game beyond my playing career – I know nothing else,” he said.

“I have been doing my coaching badges and that was something Mick had been helping me with. But I think this is too early for me now.”

It has all gone quiet on the hunt for a new Victoria Park chief over the past 24 hours.

There had been a flurry of early speculation which thrust Neale Cooper and Dave Penney to the front of the betting market, but Pools will wait and see which other applications land on their doormat.

Current Bury boss and former Pools frontman Richard Barker is likely to emerge as a leading contender.

But the most popular choice among supporters appears to be Cooper, who was in charge of the club between 2003 and 2005.

He enjoyed a fantastic rapport with the fans and, while his exit – just one game before the end of a play-off campaign – was shrouded in mystery and controversy, it is thought his relationship with the club has been repaired.

Solano, meanwhile, wants Pools to win at Brentford tomorrow – as a tribute to departed manager Wadsworth.

“It has been a tough week for me because I was very close to Mick and I was really shocked when he left the club,” he said.

“We must also remember the good work that Mick did. This is his team. We want to win at Brentford tomorrow and that would be for Mick.

“He worked hard with us and for the club and we want to show the good work he did, because I believe we are still a very good team.”

Pools could climb above seventh-placed Brentford with victory.