Hartlepool United Chairman Raj Singh has this afternoon confirmed the club have sacked manager Matthew Bates and he will leave the Super 6 Stadium with immediate effect. The former Middlesbrough and Bradford City defender was put in charge when Craig Harrison left in February and Bates became permanent boss in May after guiding the club to safety, writes Gary Chadwick.
However defeat by AFC Fylde on Tuesday was their sixth in a row leaving the club 13th in the Vanarama National league. Craig Hignett will take temporary charge of the first team and will be assisted by first team coach Ged McNamee and goalkeeper coach Ross Turnbull.
Hartlepool United Chairman Raj Singh said, “I want to thank Matthew for his hard work and dedication. The job he did last season in ensuring this club remained in the division should not be underestimated especially given the difficult circumstances he worked under. It was absolutely vital for our long-term plans that we remained at National League level and all fans should be grateful that Matthew stood up and took on that challenge.”
The Club is looking to appoint a new first team Manager as quickly as possible but will take the necessary time to ensure the right candidate is found.