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Jenkins Appointed As Assistant Manager

10 July 2017

Paul Jenkins and Craig Harrison Mark Fletcher (Shutter Press)
Paul Jenkins has joined Craig Harrison's coaching staff

Craig Harrison has bolstered his backroom staff with the appointment of Paul Jenkins as the Club’s new Assistant Manager.

The highly-respected coach arrives at Victoria Park having left Middlesbrough earlier in the month after a hugely-successful 23 years working in the club’s Academy.

Jenkins earned a big reputation during his lengthy spell at The Riverside Stadium during which he played a key role in the development of stars such as Stewart Downing and Ben Gibson.

One of his finest achievements came during the 2014/15 campaign when he led Boro’s Under-23 side to a domestic treble when they won an incredible 12 of their final 13 games.

Jenkins stepped up to assist Steve Agnew at First Team level during the latter part of last season as Boro fought to stay in the Premier League before he parted ways with the club a week ago.

Pools boss Harrison knows Jenkins well from his playing days at Middlesbrough and is delighted to have been able to bring someone with his knowledge and pedigree on to his coaching staff.

“I’ve known Jenks for a long time because he was at Middlesbrough when I was there 20 years ago so there is already a strong bond and friendship between us,” Harrison explained.

“We’ve known each other a long time which is important but just as crucial is to have a young and dynamic team because energy and enthusiasm will play a huge part and we have that in all members of our staff.

“The quality he has and the delivery on the pitch as well as the support he can offer me is going to be unbelievable because he has been there and done it at all levels, from Under 9s up to working with the First Team in the last few months of last season.

“He has a broad range of experience and skills but he also has all the qualities I want so I am sure the lads will work hard but also enjoy training with him as much as they have at any of their others clubs.”

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