SAD POOLS TO BET ON CAP­TAIN SAM

The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Joshua Richards

HARTLE­POOL will look to ap­point Sam Collins as their new boss fol­low­ing Paul Mur­ray’s sack­ing on Satur­day after just 45 days in charge.

The 38-year-old Mur­ray had only been boss since Oc­to­ber fol­low­ing the de­par­ture of Colin Cooper, but Fri­day’s 2-1 FA Cup de­feat to min­nows Blyth Spar­tans was the fi­nal straw for the League Two strug­glers.

And Collins, the 37-yearold club cap­tain who has made over 250 ap­pear­ances for Pools, is likely to be given the job un­til the end of the sea­son. A club state­ment read: “Hartle­pool United can an­nounce that man­ager Paul Mur­ray and as­sis­tant man­ager Wil­lie Donachie have been re­leased from their con­tracts.

“Sam Collins has been placed in tem­po­rary charge of first team af­fairs. The club will be mak­ing no fur­ther com­ment at this time.”

Mur­ray’s record was five de­feats, one win and a draw dur­ing his brief seven-game reign with the club. But with the Pools rock bot­tom of the Foot­ball League – six points adrift of safety – he sounded like a man un­der pres­sure after Jar­rett Rivers struck a last-minute win­ner for Non-League Spar­tans at Vic­to­ria Park on Fri­day.

“It was very sim­i­lar to our league games, it was a typ­i­cal sec­ond-half per­for­mance, we con­cede and then strug­gle all the way through,” said Mur­ray.

“We’ve been try­ing to ad­dress it all the time. How can you go from the first-half per­for­mance to that? It was un­be­liev­able.

“We lacked ideas and ef­fort off the ball. It was re­ally poor that sec­ond half. Ev­ery­one was poor, at a level I’ve not seen.

“We haven’t got enough men or lead­ers, they are the sim­ple facts.”

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