Another former Celtic midfielder accepts management job in England

By Lewis Laird

June 3, 2022

Former Celtic midfielder Paul Hartley has taken his first managerial role south of the border, joining Hartlepool United.

The English League Two side finished 17th place in the fourth tier and had turbulent spells throughout the season, including a recent run of nine games without a win.

After going through three managers last season and sacking former boss Graeme Lee 48 hours before their final game of the campaign, Hartlepool have turned to Paul Hartley as their next appointment.

The 45-year old enjoyed a two-year spell with Celtic towards the end of his career, winning two league titles, a Scottish Cup and a Scottish League Cup.

He formed solid partnerships with players such as Barry Robson before short spells at Bristol City and Aberdeen upon his Celtic exit.

Hartley quickly moved into management after his retirement, joining Alloa Athletic. He led the Wasps to successive promotions in 2013.

He has also had stints with Dundee and Falkirk before his most recent role at Scottish League One champions Cove Rangers, who he took to the title this season.

However, it was officially confirmed this evening that Hartley would be moving on from his part-time position to take on the job at Hartlepool Town, despite initially turning down the English side. [Scottish Sun]

His move down south will be his first management role in England, having spent his entire coaching career in Scotland so far.

It comes after Celtic midfield legend Scott Brown also accepted a gig in England earlier this summer, becoming boss of Fleetwood Town in the division above his former teammate Hartley.

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This isn’t the first time Hartlepool have made a move for a Scottish coach connected to the Bhoys either, having tried to take Celtic coach Gavin Strachan in November last year.

But, Strachan chose to remain as part of Ange Postecoglou’s backroom staff.

Paul Hartley has become somewhat of a ‘promotion expert’, earning five in total during his managerial career so far. So, it will be interesting to see the job he can do down south.

Good luck Paul!

In other news, Report: Celtic would only have to pay £800,000 for scouted midfielder.