MARK Maguire has left his role as chief executive at Hartlepool United.

Following a recent spate of redundancies at Victoria Park, Maguire remained at the club, but has now mutually agreed to exit.

A club statement read: “The club acknowledges and wishes to place on record it’s appreciation for Mark’s dedication to the Pools cause and all of his hard-work.’’

Maguire took over as chief executive following the club’s takeover by Raj Singh over two years ago. He was acting as a consultant during the latter stages of the troubled tenure of Pam Duxbury, as the club went into financial meltdown.

Singh said: “It has been a pleasure to work with Mark over the last two years. He was an instrumental member of the team in rescuing the club back in early 2018 and also in the recruitment of the current manager. He leaves the club knowing the club is generally in a better position on and off the field.”

Maguire added: “It has been my considerable pleasure to work at Hartlepool United for the last two years and I would like to thank the chairman for the opportunity.

“We have faced many challenges and made significant progress albeit that I wish we could have done more. The club deserves to be in the EFL and I firmly believe it now has a manager in place who will help deliver that aim. I leave with a heavy heart.’’

The statement says Maguire will "assist the club during the handover process" and it is understood a new appointment and replacment for Maguire is imminent.