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Darren Sarll appointed as Manager

Hartlepool United are delighted to confirm the appointment of Darren Sarll as the Club’s new manager with immediate effect.

Darren comes with extensive management, coaching and player development experience across various levels from Premier League to National League. In total he has managed over 300 games in senior football.

He spent two years at Stevenage as manager in League Two before then guiding Yeovil Town to the National League play-off spots in 2020.

He moved on to Woking where an impressive 2022/23 campaign saw the Cards make the National League play-offs for the first time ever in the club’s history after finishing fourth.

Darren also holds a 20-year coaching career, having gained experience in various capacities including First Team Coach at Brentford, Head of Player Development at Rotherham and Head of Academy at Watford. Throughout he has developed an outstanding reputation in coaching as well as young player development.

A further update on his backroom staff will follow in due course.

Club Director Andy Steel commented on behalf of the Board:

“We are delighted to have secured Darren to deliver in our quest to get back into the EFL. He presented a very clear and compelling view of how he wants to build the squad, deliver a positive style of football that statistically supports success in this league, and create a winning mentality and culture.

“Critically, Darren also has an in-depth knowledge of the National league and its players as well as first-hand experience of getting teams to play-offs, which were all key criteria for the Board when looking at a managerial appointment to move forward.

“We believe the appointment will help ensure the club is challenging at the top of the league next season. Working alongside Joe Monks and Ronnie Moore, the work with recruitment will start immediately.”

Upon joining Pools, Darren Sarll stated:

“I’m really excited to get started – the opportunity and challenge at the club is one I’m very much looking forward to. I’m coming here in order to win and we need to close that gap to the play-offs. We won’t accept mediocrity, we need to challenge every season and that all starts from the dressing room. I can’t wait to start, creating a strong dressing room is the priority ahead of this pre-season.

“Over the years I have managed visiting teams at the Suit Direct Stadium and I am fully aware of the amazing passion the fans have for the club. The intensity they bring gives us a huge advantage and we must capitalise on this community’s passion. I really want to create some lasting memories and be part of what is already an illustrious history. Supporters being proud of their town and team means everything to me.”

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