(From The Hartlepool Mail) Hartlepool United took a dramatic U-turn in policy when new boss Richard Money was unveiled at the Super 6 Stadium.

The 63-year-old comes with a wealth of experience managing at National League level, a stark contrast to when Matthew Bates, 32, was chosen to lead the side at the end of last season.

But when Bates departed last month the plan wasn’t always to go for an experienced head to steady the ship, according to chairman Raj Singh. It is well documented that Pools were impressed by Havant & Waterlooville boss Lee Bradbury, 43, before interviewing Money for the role.

Yet Singh and the rest of the club’s hierarchy were not only impressed by Money’s previous achievements at National League level, which saw him win promotion from the division with Cambridge in 2014, but also his knowledge of Pools’ players and general approach.

When asked if the plan was always to appoint an experienced manager, Singh told the Mail: “No not necessarily. I think the general trend in football at the moment is going for younger managers who can coach, and who can bring fresh ideas to the football team and the club.

“I think the fans would have been a little bit more edgy if it had been another fresh appointment or untried manager.”

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