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Pools Are Right On The Money - Westwood

13 December 2018

Chris Westwood Frank Reid (Hartlepool Mail)
Chris Westwood played almost 300 games for Pools

Former Pools star Chris Westwood reckons the Club have hit the jackpot by appointing Richard Money as the new boss at The Super 6 Stadium.

Westwood enjoyed great success playing under Money at Walsall in 2006/07 when The Saddlers fought off hot competition from Pools to land the League Two title.

When Money arrived at Walsall in the summer of 2006, they were struggling to shake off the effects of relegation but he got to grips with the situation quickly and laid solid foundations for an instant return to League One.

“As soon as I saw the news I thought it was a very, very good appointment for Pools,” said Westwood, who played 293 times for the Club during six years at The Vic.

“He’s been there and done it, managed at the level before and had success so the players will look at that track record and hope he can help them do it too.

“When he first came in at Walsall he shook things up. He brought a few of his own players in, which people do obviously, and his training methods were different to what we’d been used to.Chris Westwood in action for Walsall at The Vic

“But he was very knowledgeable about the game and, I’m not just saying this, he was probably one of the best coaches I’ve ever had.

“His sessions were always enjoyable. I don’t know if he still does this, but we’d always have half an hour where he’d say “right, it’s matchday” – and then everything was high tempo and we trained the way we played the games.

“He just had this demeanour and this way about him that made you want to play for him and we went in to every game full of confidence.

“He was just really good and that year at Walsall when he came in we went on to win the league above Pools so I have to say he’s right up there with the best I’ve ever played for.”

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