Derek Pope has warned Hartlepool United will have to pay big if they want to lure Lee Bradbury away from Havant & Waterlooville, The Portsmouth News report.

And the Westleigh Park chairman believes the Monkey Hangers ‘might fall over’ at the compensation package needed to make the former Pompey striker their new boss.

Pope refused to put a figure on what the Hawks will be looking. He hasn’t heard from Hartlepool since Bradbury was given permission to speak to them about their vacant position. With that in mind, he remains in the dark how talk of compensation will go down with their National League rivals if the former Bournemouth boss makes the move.

He’s also appealed to Pools director of football Craig Hignett to make his mind up so the Hawks can move forward and fully concentrate on their league survival.

Pope said: “If Hartlepool want him they will have to pay us a large sum of compensation. It is written in his contract and they might fall over when they find out how much.

“Whether that will prove to be a stumbling block remains to be seen. We gave them permission to speak with Lee after they approached us.

“I was a bit surprised that he flew up the next day to meet them, but that’s football.”

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