Date: 18th January 2017 at 10:37am
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Craig Hignett’s – seemingly inevitable departure given the run of form – from Hartlepool was of course confirmed following the defeat to Crawley on Saturday.

This run of form had seen Hartlepool slip to within four points of the relegation zone with Hignett winning just 14 of his 46 league games in charge of Pools since his appointment as Ronnie Moore’s replacement in February 2016.

Explaining the decision to part with Hignett chairman Gary Coxall told the Official Site.

‘I would like to place on record my thanks to Craig for all of his efforts. He has given everything for the club during his time in charge and he leaves with our very best wishes for the future. The search for a new manager will begin immediately and it won’t be a long, drawn-out process – we want to get the right man appointed as quickly as possible.’

Sam Collins – as he has previously – has been put in caretaker charge until a new boss is appointed, which isn’t expected to take long.

According to the Sunderland Echo former Newcastle keeper and Hartlepool loanee – currently academy goalkeeping coach at St James’ Park – Steve Harper is a potential candidate to replace Hignett.

It was also claimed ’30 CVs have been sent to the club’ with the experienced former Southampton, Wolves and Sheffield Wednesday boss Dave Jones – who hasn’t been in employment since 2013 – among them.

Coxall was quoted – by the Echo – as saying no decision has been made on the next appointment despite Jones becoming the bookies favourite.

‘No decision has been made. We don`t want this to drag out but we also want to make sure we get the right man in place. We have had applications already and will take time to look at them. Hopefully, with a number of high-quality managers being out of work, we should be able to make an announcement in the near future.’

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