Graeme Lee has been sacked as manager of Hartlepool United following a run of just one win from their last eleven games.

Lee, 43, was appointed at the beginning of December following the departure of Dave Challinor to Stockport County. After leaving his role as head coach of Middlesbrough's Under-23's side, his reign started off with three consecutive wins which also saw a run of just one defeat in his first eight games.

He went on to lead them to safety in League Two as well as reaching the fourth round of the FA Cup and the semi-final of the Papa John’s Trophy.

But following their semi-final loss to Rotherham United, the decision has been made based on their end of season run-in when Pools have picked up just seven points from a possible 33.

Assistant manager Micky Nelson and first-team coach Antony Sweeney will take first-team duties for this weekend’s season ending game against Colchester United.

Commenting on the decision, Chairman Raj Singh said: “While we had some great results and occasions in cup competitions, unfortunately, our league performances have not been good enough with only seven wins since Graeme joined the club and as a Board we have become increasingly concerned by the drop-off in form.

“This has not been an easy decision to make. Graeme is a really good person and he has given everything to the job. I would like to place on record my thanks to Graeme for his efforts and I wish him and his family well for the future."