Former Middlesbrough coach Paul Jenkins has been named as new assistant manager at Hartlepool United.

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Jenkins joins Craig Harrison’s coaching team having spent twenty three years with Boro, where he played a key role in the development of players like Ben Gibson and Stewart Downing.

After working with the club’s Under 23s, Jenkins stepped up to Steve Agnew in the second half of last season, as the former Sunderland midfielder took control of the Boro following Aitor Karanka’s departure.

Jenkins left the Riverside Stadium club last week and now joins former Boro defender Harrison at Victoria Park.

Speaking to the club’s official website Harrison explained the reasons behind the appointment.

He said “I’ve known Jenks for a long time because he was at Middlesbrough when I was there 20 years ago so there is already a strong bond and friendship between us,” Harrison explained.

“We’ve known each other a long time which is important but just as crucial is to have a young and dynamic team because energy and enthusiasm will play a huge part and we have that in all members of our staff.

“The quality he has and the delivery on the pitch as well as the support he can offer me is going to be unbelievable because he has been there and done it at all levels, from Under 9s up to working with the First Team in the last few months of last season.

“He has a broad range of experience and skills but he also has all the qualities I want so I am sure the lads will work hard but also enjoy training with him as much as they have at any of their others clubs.”

Article: Mark Carruthers (@marknldaily)
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