Former Hartlepool assistant Craig Hignett leaves Middlesbrough post

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MIDDLESBROUGH FC has announced that assistant head coach Craig Hignett has left the club.

Hignett left his role as assistant to then Hartlepool United boss Colin Cooper in March this year to join Aitor Karanka’s revolution at Middlesbrough.

He was widely praised for having a hugely influential role in the upturns of Boro’s fortunes, which has seen them challenging for promotion this season.

But he has now left the club with immediate effect following “discussions” between Hignett, Karanka and the club.

A statement on the club’s website said: “Following discussions between Craig, head coach Aitor Karanka, and the club, all parties have agreed for Craig to leave his position with immediate effect.

“The club would like to place on record its thanks for Craig’s efforts since joining us from Hartlepool last season and wish him all the best for the future.”

Hignett’s departure from Pools was seen as a huge blow, with the club’s form dipping after he left but it was seen as a major coup for Boro, where he enjoyed the best years of his career between 1992 and 1998.

It was an eventful six years on Teesside which included two promotions and an appearance in both the FA Cup Final and the League Cup Final in 1996-97, scoring the first ever goal at the Riverside Stadium as well.

In his final appearance he scored two goals in a 4-1 win over Oxford United at the Riverside to guarantee Boro promotion to the Premier League.

The former Aberdeen, Barnsley and Blackburn Rovers forward also made two appearances for Pools during a brief stint at the end of his career.

He moved into coaching, first with Boro’s Academy and then joining Cooper at Pools in May 2013.