Paul Jenkins has admitted he is thrilled to be welcomed on to Craig Harrison’s backroom staff at Pools after being unveiled as the Club’s new Assistant Manager.
Harrison made his move to land the highly-rated coach when he parted company with Middlesbrough last week after over two decades of service in the Teessiders’ Academy.
Jenkins was on the training ground for the first time on Monday and he says that the opportunity to get back in the game with Pools was too much to turn down.
“I am delighted to get on board so quickly,” he told us.
“I feel like a kid at Christmas again! I was at work really early on Monday morning because I was so excited to be joining the Club and couldn’t wait to get started.
“When you leave football you never know what is around the corner and after 22 years at Middlesbrough fate had dealt me a different hand.
“When I became available, Craig got in contact with me. You never know how long you’ll be out of the game so two weeks just feels like a bit of an extended close season for me so I am really happy.
“I have known Craig many years but we haven’t worked together on a professional level but we had a long chat about things and both of us were very excited at the end of the conversation.
“Speaking to him, we have the same thoughts about how the game should be played which was vital for me because it was important my next step was the right one.
“I wanted someone who would challenge me and also accept challenges themselves so this feels right and it’s very exciting.”
With seven new signings already in the bag, Jenkins says he can sense a feelgood factor around the Club and he’s keen to ensure that continues all the way to the big kick-off at the start of next month.
“You can’t look back, we can’t allow that to happen. All of our energy now has to be on looking forward and being positive,” he insisted.
“The Manager has been very proactive in putting together his own squad and it’s important all of the players – old and new – buy in to what we try to do.
“The most important thing now is getting out there on the field, doing the work and getting the players ready for the first game of the season.
“We want to get this Club back in to the Football League and we’ll work as many hours as are needed to try and do that.”