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I am ready – Craig Hignett becomes the main man in the Hartlepool United dugout

11 February 2016

Craig Hignett insists he is ready to be a manager after being appointed as Hartlepool United's first-team boss.

The 46-year-old, who enjoyed a rich playing career in The Football League, served as assistant manager at Hartlepool to Colin Cooper before taking the same role at Middlesbrough alongside Aitor Karanka.

But he's now the main man at Victoria Park, succeeding Ronnie Moore who departed the club on Wednesday.

“I am clear in what I want, how I want to play and how I want to do things,” Hignett told

“I have enough experience now to know the job – even though I’ve never been a manager I have done everything but and had two spells as assistant that have gone well for me.

“I am ready to be a manager now; I have got my own ideas and I want to do it the way I want to do it, not the way someone else wants me to, so I can’t wait to get started.”

Hignett takes over with Hartlepool sitting 22nd in Sky Bet League 2, just four points above the drop zone.

They've won only once in nine outings, losing seven of those, but the new manager is relishing the challenge ahead.

“The future of the club and what we’re trying to build is important but the short-term aim has got to be to get away from the bottom two.

“We’ve got some games in hand, I know that, and I have to get my views over to the players and let them know how I want them to play because there will be a change in style, that’s for sure.

“There’s a lot of work to be done but I am massively excited by the challenge.”

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