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Pools appoint John Askey

23 February 2023

Hartlepool United are delighted to announce the appointment of John Askey as first-team Manager.

In addition to his 500+ senior career appearances, Askey has managed in League One with Shrewsbury Town, League Two with Port Vale and a promotion-winning campaign in the National League with Macclesfield Town.

Known for his attractive and attacking football, Askey joins the club after a successful managerial spell at York City which saw the Minstermen gain promotion from the National League North in his first season in charge. 

Our new Manager will be joined by Mark Goodlad as Assistant Manager. Goodlad also enjoyed a successful playing career, making over 200 appearances for Port Vale and then went on to have coaching roles at Nottingham Forest, Barnsley and York City where he teamed up with Askey.

Tony Sweeney will continue his role as first-team coach, working closely alongside the new Manager and Assistant Manager.

Club Chairman, Raj Singh welcomes the new appointments:

We had to move very quickly to find out who was available and ready to come in immediately given the challenge ahead. I would like to welcome John and Mark to the club and wish them the best of luck in trying to retain our league status. A couple of people have pointed out to me that John was very popular with York fans. In fact, the majority of them would like to have him back. For me, that is always a good sign and here’s to hoping that he is just as popular and liked as much by our fans in the time ahead. 

John Askey added:

This is an exciting project to be involved with but everyone has to buy into that project. It is a quick turnaround but one we are relishing. We ask the fans to stick with us and back the players. We will make sure that every player is giving their all for the shirt and we look forward to seeing you all this coming Saturday.

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