Graeme Clark is looking forward to using his vast experience to help the next generation of Pools stars prosper after returning to his hometown club during the summer.
A former Stoke City, Oldham Athletic and Middlesbrough coach who also spent 23 years working for the Football Association as a Coach Educator, Clark was the ideal man when Pools looked to fill a gap in the Academy’s Foundation Phase.
Clark has worked at the Club before but believes that the experience he’s gained from his other roles will help him, and the players he works with, flourish in his new job looking after Pools’ Under-8s to Under-11s.
“I’m delighted to be back at Hartlepool United,” Clark admitted.
“This is my hometown club, I from Hartlepool and have been here before but I had to come back; this is my Club, I’m a Hartlepool boy and if I can do things for the town then that’s what I want to do.
“I like to think the experience I have had will help me and the Club; I have 23 years of working with the FA but also worked at Stoke with Lou Macari and then coaching the coaches at Oldham.
“I am really pleased to be coming back to work with the Foundation Phase because I have always said I wanted to be a 360 coach; I want to understand how people learn so it’s all development for me and I love being back at this Club.
“We’ve been a bit low on numbers but the signings are coming in now; I have had people on the phone to me saying they will support me and send players our way so the scouting network is there.
“We have some really good kids coming through so if we can give them that opportunity to shine and the stage on which to perform hopefully they can go on to make Hartlepool proud again.”