Martin Scott took over at Hartlepool as Caretaker Manager then Manager following the departure of Neale Cooper from the club by mutual consent in May 2005.
Scott had firstly to keep his squad in play-off contention, which he did successfully, taking Hartlepool to the League One play-off final at the Millennium Stadium. Hartlepool eventually lost 4-2 after extra time to Sheffield Wednesday in front of almost 60,000 fans.
The 2005-2006 season got off to a difficult start for Hartlepool as Martin Scott attempted to knit togther a team which saw five summer signings. Initially Hartlepool have struggled to show the sort of form that earned them a trip to the Millennium Stadium last season, as the getting-to-know-each-other stage has taken longer than anticipated. A good victory against Gillingham, managed by Pools' former manager Neale Cooper, topped off nine points from three games in October/November 2005 and has hopefully kickstarted their season.
Martin Scott said "I know all the frustrations but we have had exactly the same start as last year - when we got to the final in Cardiff. We were worried about the start but I have great belief in this set of players.Sheffield-born Martin Scott began his playing career at Rotherham, before spending four years at Bristol City and then moving to Sunderland for the final five years of his career.
Working alongside him at Hartlepool as his Assistant Manager, Martin Scott has former Sunderland team mate, Steve Agnew, who was previously first team coach at Leeds United.