The aftermath of Kevin Phillips’ departure from Hartlepool United has persisted.

Board members of Hartlepool United have weighed in on the contentious decision to split with Kevin Phillips, a former Sunderland favorite.

The contract for Phillips, who was hired in January, had “come to an end,” according to a statement released by Hartlepool on Saturday.

With reference to his “extensive management, coaching and player development experience across various levels from Premier League to National League” and his 300 games as a manager in senior football, the National League club moved quickly to appoint Darren Sarll.


Former Sunderland striker Kevin Phillips accuses National League Hartlepool  of reneging on new contract offer after he was dismissed by the club |  Daily Mail Online

However, a statement released on Monday by Phillips’ agents—which you can read by following this link—said that Phillips had received an offer for a new, two-year deal because his “agreed milestones having been achieved.”

As a representation of the fans and a prominent member of the Our Club 1908 fan group, Hart responded to Phillips’ comment by saying, “I can add a bit more substance to this most recent managerial change because I was involved in it as part of the newly formed board and as a fan representative.” It wasn’t treated lightly.

The board openly discussed and deliberated over the issue in great detail. The decision was not made based on cost; doing nothing would have been less expensive. It was not simple. Its sole purpose was to provide the team with the best chance of winning the following season.

“We’re thrilled to have brought Darren on board to lead our efforts in returning to the EFL,” remarked club director Andy Steel. “He outlined a clear and compelling vision for squad development, emphasizing a positive footballing style that’s statistically proven to succeed in this league, along with fostering a winning mentality and culture.”

“Importantly, Darren possesses extensive knowledge of the National League and its players, coupled with firsthand experience in guiding teams to playoffs, all of which were crucial factors for the board in selecting a manager to propel us forward.”

“We’re confident that his appointment will position the club for a strong challenge at the league’s summit next season. Alongside Joe Monks and Ronnie Moore, recruitment efforts will commence immediately.”

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