Hartlepool boss Paul Murray 'barely ate or slept' since taking job

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Pools boss Murray targets signings

Hartlepool United boss Paul Murray has hardly stopped since his appointment last week, and will soon delegate more to his assistant Willie Donachie.

The 38-year-old's first game in charge was a which saw Pools go bottom of League Two.

"It's been difficult. I'm not sleeping, or eating much either, but when you first come in you want to do a lot and get a lot across," he told BBC Tees.

"I'm very hands on at the moment, but will pass more on to Willie soon."

Pools lack 'career-peak' personnel
Of the 22 players in the Hartlepool United squad, only Scott Flinders (28), Matthew Bates (27) and long-term injured Jack Compton (26) are aged between 25 and 30

Murray left a coaching role at Oldham Athletic to become Colin Cooper's permanent replacement at Victoria Park.

He was denied a point on his managerial debut by an 87th minute goal.

"We showed some real naivety to concede that late from a long-throw - I think we thought we already had a point," added Murray.

"It's my job to improve the players here, but I look at the squad and there's no mid-range aged players who know the game.

"We need that. There's a huge gap in the group so I'll definitely be making additions."

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