Date: 24th July 2016 at 8:41pm
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The week started with Hartlepool confirming the departure of Russ Green.

His long-term stay at Victoria Park came to an end after nine-years in his most recent Chief Executive role, serving 14-years in total.

Green, who arrived in May 2002 as Commercial Manager, stepped up five-years later with him playing a key role in the takeover of JPNG a year ago when IOR’s control in the club came to an end.

Chief Executive of the Year in 2014 and 2015, his departure was confirmed with a statement on the Official Site with Chairman Gary Coxall saying.

‘After 14 years of service Russ has earned the right to put himself first. He will always be welcome at The Vic and I`m sure we`ll see him at many games because he has an enormous passion for this Football Club.

Adding.

‘I would like to thank Russ for all his effort and commitment over the years, in particular over the last twelve months during which he has helped JPNG settle in as owners. I want to re-assure all supporters that this development won`t affect our plans to drive the Club forward and everyone behind the scenes is working hard to make sure 2016/17 is an exciting season.’

As Coxall said the time was right to ‘put himself first’ with Green admitted it was a decision made with ‘a massive wrench’ yet.

But he feels he can do so with the club in a ‘better position’ than it has previously been during his time at the Vic, himself telling the Official Site

‘I just want to say that making the decision to leave was a massive wrench because I love this Club from top to bottom. It was a very emotional day for me on Friday but I would like to think I am leaving the Club in a better position than it`s ever been, both on and off the pitch. With the acquisitions we`ve made over the summer, I feel that we can look forward to a very successful season and I`ll certainly be cheering the lads on.’

He finished by adding thanks for all the support he’s had.

‘I would like to thank all the friends that I have made up there in Hartlepool – there are too many to mention but they have supported me and the Club through thick and thin. I would also like to thank the fans for their support and I think my biggest thank you goes to the staff at the Club who have been there for me like a family over the years. I wish the Club all the best for the future; I know they`re going to go onwards and upwards from here.’

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