Date: 23rd January 2017 at 4:54pm
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Dave Jones – who officially started his job at Hartlepool this morning – has wasted little time in looking to make his mark at Victoria Park.

Jones was watching on as Hartlepool beat Stevenage on Saturday with the new boss welcoming his former Cardiff striker Michael Chopra to training according to various reports including one in the Sunderland Echo.

Chopra has twice worked with Jones previously at Cardiff – either side of a stint with Sunderland – with the 33 year old in attendance at Maiden Castle this morning.

The former Newcastle striker – after loans with Watford and Barnsley – was signed for Cardiff by Jones in 2006 and returned to work with the Hartlepool boss again two years after leaving for Sunderland in a £5m deal.

Since leaving Cardiff for a second time he’s had spells with Ipswich, Blackpool and most recently Alloa Athletic in Scotland. Chopra also spent time in the Indian Premier League with Kerala Blasters.

He could earn a contract with Hartlepool if he impresses in training? Not that you would think he’ll have to convince Jones too much as he knows him better than most.

As for Jones and his arrival at the Vic he said the vision of Hartlepool chairman Gary Coxall had convinced him that Pools were the right club for him to return to football management for the first time since December 2013.

Jones was quoted by BBC Tees as saying.

‘The chairman sold me it, Gary sold me a dream. He showed an ambition and why not? I’ve had people phoning me and saying it is fantastic and I’ve had other people saying are you mad? I just felt it was right for me after talking to Gary. He’s very ambitious, young, he’s a bit naive on certain things but that’s why he’s employed me as a football manager. He’s employed me to build this football club. That’s hopefully how he sees it.’

Alex Armstrong and Kevin Cooper will act as assistants to the 60 year old with Jones’ first game in charge coming against bottom of the league Newport on Saturday.

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