Cooper pumped up on Pools return

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Hartlepool's new manager Neale Cooper "can't wait to get stuck in" after being installed as Mick Wadsworth's successor.

Cooper, 48, returns for a second spell as manager at Victoria Park after leading the club to the play-offs two years running when in charge from 2003 to 2005. Wadsworth was sacked earlier this month.

Cooper told the club's official website: "When you talk about Christmas presents, what a fantastic one this is for me! When I got asked if I would like the job I had no doubt in my mind because this is a fantastic opportunity for me."

Cooper will reunite with Micky Barron, who had taken temporary charge of Pools, and club captain Ritchie Humphreys. Both were key players under Cooper during his first spell in charge.

"It's just so exciting and I can't wait to get stuck in and meet the lads," Cooper added. "Ritchie and Micky were fantastic players for me the last time and they were both model professionals.

"I'd say Ritchie is one of the best professionals I've ever worked with, so I'll speak to them both and they'll be a big help to myself."

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