Vanarama National League club Hartlepool United have appointed Craig Harrison as their new manager as they look to secure an immediate return to the Football League.

The former Middlesbrough defender leaves his role as manager of Dafabet Welsh Premier League club The New Saints to take over at the Northern Gas and Power Stadium.

During his time in Wales, Harrison has led The New Saints to six successive league titles and six cup wins.

He also led them to a new world record as their 2-0 win over Cefn Druids in late December took them past Ajax’s forty four year old record of winning twenty six consecutive games.

Speaking to the club’s official website Chief Executive Pam Duxbury said “I’m looking forward to working with Craig as we embark on a rebuild of the Club,”

“He knows what it takes to succeed and is determined to bring his winning formula to our Club and get us back to where we belong in the Football League.

“I think fans and players alike will take to him when they see the passion, dedication and ideas that he has to take our Club forward and realise its potential.”

Hartlepool United were relegated from the Football League for the first time in ninety six years last season.

On an agonising final day of the season Newport County’s home win over Notts County condemned Pools to relegation into the National League, despite the North East club beating title-chasing Doncaster Rovers.

Former Middlesbrough defender Matthew Bates was placed in charge for Pools’ final two games of the season, as they looked to produce an unlikely recovery after Dave Jones’ spell in charge of the club.

The former Wolves boss gained just thirteen points from seventeen games, leading Pools to the brink of relegation.

Bates, assisted by senior players Billy Paynter, Stuart Parnaby and coach Ian Gallagher, were unable to help the club escape from the drop.

Now Gateshead-born Harrison has been tasked with trying to restore Hartlepool United back to the Football League.

Article: Mark Carruthers (@marknldaily)
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