Andrew Davies has given his take on the sacking of friend and former teammate Matthew Bates as Hartlepool United’s manager search looks set to rumble on, The Hartlepool Mail report.

Pools parted company with Bates last Wednesday and placed director of football Craig Hignett in caretaker of charge of the first-team.

And while it had been hoped significant progress would be made on the managerial hunt this week, it looks like interviews for the post will not take place until early next week. Hignett is again set to take the team at Maidenhead United this weekend.

Davies, a teammate of Bates at Middlesbrough, admits he feels like he has let his friend down.

Speaking in Blueprint, the Pools skipper said: “I am really disappointed with what has happened. I think people have got to give Matthew a lot of credit for what he did at the football club last year and for large parts of what has happened this year.

“As a captain, I feel like I have personally let him down. A lot of players should feel like that.”

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