Date: 11th February 2016 at 2:59pm
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Hartlepool United yesterday evening appointed Craig Hignett as our new first team manager.

Following the departure of Ronnie Moore, Hignett returns with ‘unfinished business’ to attend to and Chairman Gary Coxall said he believed it was vital the club moved quickly to appoint a new man and provide stability given our current run of form.

It is of course Hignett’s first managerial post in the game, but he had a successful spell with us here as assistant gaffer back under Colin Cooper in 2013-14 prior to make the move back to Middlesbrough and their coaching staff.

He will take charge for the first time for the Vic hosting of Yeovil Town this weekend and his backroom staff should be finalised shortly.

Coxall told the Official Site.

‘It was essential that we moved quickly to get a new Manager in place. We immediately identified Craig as our number one target and we believe he has all the right qualities to help instil confidence back in to the players and help us move up the table. He has a wealth of experience in football and has been looking for an opportunity to move in to management so we`re delighted to give him that chance here at Victoria Park.’

Sam Collins remains, but moves to the Under 21 set up.

Speaking himself in his first interview since returning, Hignett was obviously delighted with the opportunity he now has.

The 46 year old explained.

‘After speaking with the Chairman late this afternoon and hearing his vision for the Club and what he wants in the future, I have bought in to all of that. It`s a blank canvas for me so I can come in and mould things the way I want them and for a first-time manager to be able to come in and do that is fantastic. The big thing for me was the project and what the Chairman wants to build and the foundations he wants to put in place – for me that was a big draw. It`s not often a manager comes in and has free reign to build a Club and put things in place that they want in place and make it a solid club. It shouldn`t matter if I am here or the next manager or the manager after that, it needs to be solid and I think it`s important for this Club to do that. It`s important that I know some of the lads, I know all the office staff and I know the Club really well – and I do feel like I have unfinished business here.’

Having had experience as an assistant under Cooper and Aitor Karanka at Middlesbrough, he went on to say it was now time for him to make the decisions himself and he was excited by that.

‘I am clear in what I want, how I want to play and how I want to do things. I have enough experience now to know the job – even though I`ve never been a manager I have done everything but and had two spells as assistant that have gone well for me. I am ready to be a manager now; I have got my own ideas and I want to do it the way I want to do it, not the way someone else wants me to so I can`t wait to get started.’

Adding.

‘We`ve got some games in hand, I know that, and I have to get my views over to the players and let them know how I want them to play because there will be a change in style, that`s for sure. There`s a lot of work to be done but I am massively excited by the challenge.’

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