Cooper: Time was right to leave

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Neale Cooper feels he had 'lost the spark' to help Hartlepool improve
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Neale Cooper feels he had 'lost the spark' to help Hartlepool improve

Neale Cooper believes he made the right decision in resigning as Hartlepool manager, but admits he would do things differently in hindsight.

The 48-year-old quit the npower League One strugglers last week and Pools have yet to find a replacement to fill the void.

Cooper told the Hartlepool Mail: "It couldn't go on. I knew in my heart that it was the right decision. I didn't want to go on with a situation which wasn't going to improve - that would not have been fair on the club or the supporters."

He added: "I'd tried everything to improve things on the pitch but it wasn't happening. It was killing me and I knew in myself I'd lost my spark, it had been drained from me.

"I couldn't just sit there taking my wage and let things continue, I think too much of the club and the people of the town to do that. I made mistakes and there are a few things I would do differently in hindsight.

"But what I was seeing on the pitch just wasn't good enough - it really wasn't. I feel as if a few boys could have done a lot better for me and they know that. But they're a good bunch on the whole and I've spoken to a few of them since. I wish them all the best and there are a couple of lads in there who will go on to have top, top careers."

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