HARTLEPOOL United have sacked manager John Askey.

The decision was made on the back of Saturday's 2-0 defeat at Oldham that saw Pools drop to 17th in the National League, just four points above the relegation zone.

Pools started the season relatively well after relegation from League Two but have endured a rotten run of form, winning just one of their last 11 games.

Chairman Raj Singh, who is still trying to sell the club, said: “This decision wasn’t an easy one to make, but we feel it’s necessary following our recent downturn in form. We thank John and Mark for their efforts during their time at Hartlepool, and wish them the best of luck for their future endeavours.”

Askey's assistant Mark Goodlad has also left the club, with Pools saying a "further update on in interim management team will be made in due course".

Askey leaves after 10 months in charge. He joined in February, replacing Keith Curle.