PAUL HARTLEY has knocked back Hartlepool’s approach as they look for a new manager.

The Sun reports that the former Celtic midfielder was allowed the chance to speak to English League Two side but rejected the opportunity, choosing to stay at the newly-promoted Championship side Cove Rangers.

After a brilliant season, the side won the Scottish League One last year.

Normally, managers jump at the opportunity to manage down south, but Hartley must believe he has a project working in Scotland and isn’t worth leaving to join England’s fourth division.

The midfielder, who could do a turn at full-back, had a great managerial record in Scotland. He’s won League Two, League One, and the Championship. He guided the team to a top-half finish during his first season in the top flight with Dundee.

It’ll be interesting to see how his Cove side gets on in the Championship next season, with it set to be yet another competitive season in Scotland’s second tier.


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