Blyth Spartans manager Alun Armstrong has revealed that he spoke to Hartlepool United about their vacant managerial role following the departure of Craig Harrison.

The former Ipswich Town and Middlesbrough striker has impressed a number of clubs after impressing in his first managerial role at Croft Park. He led the Spartans to the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League title in the 2016/17 season and they flirted with a National League North play-off challenge last term.

They looked set to secure a play-off spot but a seven-game losing streak starting with a defeat at Leamington in late-February left them playing catch-up throughout the rest of the campaign. That defeat against the Brakes coincided with Craig Harrison’s departure from Pools and Armstrong believes that the speculation had a negative impact on his Spartans players.

Speaking to the club’s official YouTube channel he said: “After the Leamington game, Hartlepool had approached Tony (Platten, Spartans chairman) and again they wanted me to take over. It just didn’t feel right.

“There is something about Blyth, once you are here you seem to get stuck. You enjoy it and I love what I am doing here.”

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