Russ Green has admitted that leaving Pools was a hard decision to make but has insisted that it is the right time for him to stand down as Chief Executive.
A statement on Monday confirmed his departure from Victoria Park, fourteen years after he arrived at the Club, initially as Commercial Manager.
“I just want to say that making the decision to leave was a massive wrench because I love this Club from top to bottom,” he told us.
“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.
“We have had some good times and some bad times together over the years; there were times when I might have walked away when things weren’t going well but I wanted to see it through and the Club is flourishing now.
“JPNG have come in and done a great job and I am looking forward to seeing the new era unfold but I think that now is the right time for me to leave.
“It’s been an incredibly tough time for me over the last two years and I feel like it has taken its toll so I am sure now is the right time for me to take a step back.
“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.”