Matthew Bates will form part of Craig Harrison’s backroom staff after confirmation that he has been appointed First Team Coach at Victoria Park.
The 30-year-old will remain registered as a player but his main focus will move to the coaching side, while he will also have control over the Club’s Reserve Team.
Bates has long held an ambition to move in to coaching and he had his appetite whetted further at the end of last season when he was handed caretaker charge for the final two games.
The former Middlesbrough man joined Pools from Bradford City in the summer of 2014 and has gone on to make 86 appearances for the Club.
“This is something I have wanted to do for a number of years, even more so after getting that taste of it last season,” Bates explained.
“Part of what is happening is that I will be First Team Coach but I will also be taking Reserve Team games so that gives me a broad role and it’s great for my learning.
“The Club are looking to get me on the A Licence course, which is brilliant – the football will come first obviously but the qualification is a work in progress in the background to further educate me.
“I will still say registered as a player, keep myself right and be available if needed but I really want to give my all to the coaching now and learn as much as I can.
“Everything seems to be moving in the right direction – the lads are back in for pre-season, there’s a good feeling about so we have to build on that and take things to the next level.”
New Pools boss Harrison has also confirmed that he plans to add to his coaching staff further with the appointment of an Assistant Manager in the coming weeks.