KAV AND COOPER IN FRAME AT POOLS
GRAHAM KAVANAGH is among the favourites to become Hartlepool’s fourth manager in just two years after the newly relegated side terminated the contract of boss John Hughes.
Former Middlesbrough youngster Kavanagh is currently assistant at Carlisle but is out of contract this summer and is free to speak to Pools.
Another ex-Boro player – Colin Cooper – who is an academy coach at the Riverside – is also in the frame having been considered by chairman Ken Hodcroft on a previous occasion the post was vacant.
When Pools’ fate was sealed, Hughes spoke of his intent to stay on at the club and spearhead a promotion bid, expressing a desire to bring in new faces.
But transfers proved a stumbling block throughout his 177-day tenure – he was unable to bring in anyone in January and his only signing was teenage striker Charlie Wyke on-loan from Middlesbrough. When he took over from Neale Cooper in November, Pools were at the foot of the table and in the middle of a 20 game winless run.
It took Hughes ten games to seal a first win – over Sheffield United on Boxing Day – but ultimately Hartlepool ended the season in 23rd. They did enjoy a seven-match run from late January that earned the Scot the manager of the month award, but Pools failed to pull clear of the bottom four.
As a result Pools cut ties with both Hughes and assistant Micky Barron, who had two spells as caretaker between the departures of Mick Wadsworth and then Cooper and who ends a 17year association with the club.
A club statement said: “Hartlepool United can announce that John Hughes and Micky Barron have been given notice of termination.
“The Club would like to thank John for all his efforts to try and secure League One status since he joined the Club in November 2012. We wish him all the very best for the future.
“We would also like to thank Micky for his commitment and effort during his time as assistant first and reserve team coach and he also leaves with our very best wishes.”
TARGET?: Graham Kavanagh