Hartlepool United have named Dave Challinor as their new manager-in-waiting, hours before their National League clash against Solihull Moors.
Challinor, pictured, will be a guest of the National League club at tonight’s clash before being officially unveiled this week once contractual issues with his former club AFC Fylde have been resolved.
A club statement said: “Following an exhaustive process, we identified Dave as an individual who will bring the necessary experience of the National League as well as a work ethic, track record and proven leadership, which we believe are essential ingredients as we seek to mount a serious challenge for promotion.
“Part of Dave’s remit will be to help develop the career of Antony Sweeney. He and Ian McGuckin have been simply outstanding in their work and commitment over the last few weeks and have improved things immeasurably. They will be an integral part of the structure of the Football Department under Dave.
“Dave will join the club once contractual issues have finally been resolved at his previous club. In the meantime, he will attend this evening’s game and will meet with Antony Sweeney on Wednesday.
“We would like to take this opportunity to welcome Dave to Hartlepool, as well as asking fans to join us this evening in showing their appreciation to Antony and Ian who have both been simply magnificent.”
— Hartlepool United FC (@Official_HUFC) November 5, 2019
Challinor has been out of a job for just under a month following his sacking at AFC Fylde after an impressive eight-year tenure that saw The Coasters achieve three promotions, two titles, and an FA Trophy success. However, after a poor start to the season, he was shown the door.
Hartlepool have been on a fantastic run since the dismissal of Craig Hignitt, with caretaker boss Anthony Sweeney going unbeaten in five league games – including a standout first-half performance against Notts County at the weekend – and have dragged themselves back into playoff contention.
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