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Pears takes Hartlepool roles

Stephen Pears has taken up the dual role of assistant manager and goalkeeping coach at Hartlepool.

The 52-year-old ended his playing career at Victoria Park and went on to be a part of the coaching staff at Middlesbrough, where he worked alongside Pools manager Colin Cooper.

Pears left the Riverside Stadium in November and will now link back up with Cooper up the road at Hartlepool.