Hartlepool United axe boss Hughes and assistant Barron

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HARTLEPOOL United have announced that first-team coach John Hughes and his number two Micky Barron have been sacked.

A statement on the club’s website said: “The club would like to thank John for all his efforts to try and secure League One status since he joined the club in November 2012. We wish him all the very best for the future.

“Hartlepool United would also like to thank Micky for his commitment and effort during his time as assistant first and reserve team coach and he also leaves with our very best wishes.

“There will be no further comment at this time.”

Hughes replaced Neale Cooper as boss in Novemeber with Pools rooted to the foot of League One but he was unable to save them from relegation.

A seven-match unbeaten run across January and February had sparked hope of survival but, after a run of 12 hours without a goal, their demotion was confirmed with two games of the season remaining.

Hughes’ tenure lasted just 29 matches.

Barron, meanwhile, leaves the club after 17 years as player, reserve-team boss and assistant manager.