Matthew Bates has left his role as Hartlepool United manager.

The former Middlesbrough defender took over from Craig Harrison, initially as interim boss (for a second time), in February. Pools have struggled for form of late and were beaten 2-1 by AFC Fylde at home last night.

The club are 13th in the Vanarama National League and Pools have released the following statement:

Hartlepool United can announce that Matthew Bates has left his role as First Team Manager at The Super 6 Stadium with immediate effect.

The Club would like to place on record its thanks to Matthew for all his hard work and, in particular, the role he played in helping steer the team clear of danger during difficult circumstances last season.

We will be making a further statement in due course.

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