Cooper fancies Hartlepool return

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Neale Cooper

Neale Cooper has admitted he would love to manage Hartlepool again.

The Scotsman is fondly remembered on Victoria Park, having led Pools to the play-offs in his first season at the helm eight years ago. Cooper was on course to repeat the trick in the next campaign, only to leave with one game to go in a year when Hartlepool would eventually go on to be beaten in the play-off final by Sheffield Wednesday.

Cooper, who has since built bridges with the club's owners following his mysterious departure and would love the chance to succeed Mick Wadsworth, said: "I would be interested, of course."

He added: "I love the place and would love the opportunity to do it again, but I am sure there will be a lot of people interested in it."

When asked about the manner of his departure, he added: "It's all water under the bridge and I still get on with everyone at the club.

"I still get a lot of e-mails from fans and I am just really fond of the place."

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