Craig Hignett has revealed that the arrival of Curtis Fleming as First Team Coach on Monday could be just the first piece of the jigsaw as he looks to assemble his backroom staff.
The new boss oversaw an important 2-1 win over Yeovil Town in his first game in charge at The Vic on Saturday and then confirmed that Fleming will join the coaching set-up next week.
Hignett played alongside Fleming at Middlesbrough in the 1990s and he’s delighted that the former Republic of Ireland international has agreed to join him in the new-look Pools management team.
“Curtis is a fantastic fella and it’s great news for me that he’s coming in,” Hignett explained.
“He is someone who the lads will be able to go to with things they might feel uncomfortable talking to the gaffer about – a bit like I was with Colin Cooper, I suppose.
“I’ve got a bit of scope to bring another person in as Assistant Manager if I want to as well so that’s something I will look at and if the right person is available we can try and get them in too.”
After a successful playing career as a defender, Fleming moved in to coaching back in Ireland as Assistant Manager at Derry City before re-joining Middlesbrough as a Youth Team Coach.
In the summer of 2007 he moved north of the border to assist Mark Proctor at Livingstone before taking up a coaching role at Crystal Palace under former Eagles team-mate Dougie Freedman.
When Freedman moved on to Bolton Wanderers in 2012 he took Fleming with him as First Team Coach where they spent a further two years working together.