GED McNamee is the experienced head for Matthew Bates to lean on – and the Hartlepool United assistant manager is confident it’s a successful mix.

Bates appointed McNamee as his temporary right-hand man last season when he was caretaker boss.

And when Bates was appointed on a permanent basis, getting McNamee alongside him was an important move.

The former Sunderland Academy chief, who appeared briefly for Pools in the early 80s, can see the potential in Bates the manager.

The pair first came into contact when Bates was attending the Manchester United school of excellence in Durham.

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