Hartlepool United have confirmed that John Hewitson is back at Victoria Park and has returned to his role as Academy Manager.

Hewitson previously spent eight years heading up the Club’s Academy but reluctantly made the decision to leave in February amidst financial uncertainty at The Vic. However, the takeover by Raj Singh and subsequent talks with Director of Football, Craig Hignett, have paved the way for Hewitson’s return.

“This is great news for everyone,” said Hignett. “John has proved his worth over a number of years with some fantastic work for the Club so we’re delighted he’s agreed to come back and continue that.

“We know when we left earlier this year he did so with a heavy heart so we were keen to have the conversation with him about returning so we’re really pleased he’s back.”

Hewitson began his work back at The Vic on Monday and is looking forward to ensuring the Club’s reputation for youth development remains as strong as ever.

“I am over the moon to be back,” he enthused. “I didn’t particularly want to leave but under the previous regime I found it difficult to stay from a personal point of view and thankfully circumstances have now changed.

“I spoke to Craig, we discussed the role and everything has gone well so I am thrilled to be back and working with the fantastic staff in the Academy. They’ve done great work to keep things going under very difficult circumstances so we’ll now work together because there is some ground to make up and we want to be even better than we’ve been in the past.”

Source: www.hartlepoolunited.co.uk

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