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Hignett Couldn't Refuse Boro Return

Hignett Couldn't Refuse Boro Return

It's one of the footballing clich├ęs that's so often rolled out isn't it when someone moves on, in either a player, managerial or coaching capacity, but Craig Hignett has rolled this out.

Leaving Hartlepool was 'one of the hardest decisions of his career'.

Another is the 'it was too hard to turn down', which was also mention by Hignett in his interview with the Northern Echo when speaking about his decision to leave the Vic to return to the Riverside to become Middlesbrough's new assistant manager.

'I've left on great terms. I'll miss them all, and it was a really tough decision, but one I could not turn down.

'I have to say it happened pretty quickly. I found out about it last weekend when we played Northampton. We had a couple of days speaking with the club and speaking with our club, in the end, while I'm really disappointed to have left Colin and Hartlepool - I've met some fantastic people there and they will remain friends for life - this is an opportunity I couldn't say no to.

'It was a massive decision for me because I've loved every minute of my time at Hartlepool, loved every minute of working with Coops, I'm sure he'll go on and do great things because he's a top man. To cut the ties was a very difficult thing to do.'

I don't mean it to sound like I'm mocking or ridiculing Hignett, as I'm not.

I can understand his decision, which I'm sure genuinely was a tough decision for him to make but it's just a shame that it came during the season and hadn't happened in the off season as it would have been less disruptive for all concerned.

This is the world of football though isn't it.

Hignett left by paying tribute to Coops too and is convinced that he'll do a great job for us, the worry that some now have though is that perhaps Coops could make a similar move at the end of the season with Hignett's appointment perhaps paving the way for him to be installed as Middlesbrough's manager to replace Aitor Karanka in the summer?

Most of us expect Coops to one day return to Middlesbrough, hopefully it'll not be as soon as this summer though and I'd be surprised if it was.

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Writer:Monkey Hanger 1908
Date:Wednesday March 5 2014
Time: 9:38AM

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