FORMER Hibs manager John Hughes has had his contracts terminated by Hartlepool.
Hughes, 48, had been in charge for just short of six months after being appointed as Neale Cooper’s successor in November last year.
Pools were bottom of npower League One when Hughes was installed and on the back of a 16-game losing streak, but the former Falkirk and Livingston manager was unable to save them from relegation.
A club statement read: “Hartlepool United can announce that John Hughes and [reserve-team coach] Micky Barron have been given notice of termination per the relevant clauses in their contracts of employment.
“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.”
It took Hughes seven games to secure his first win in charge of the club, but a seven-game unbeaten run, including five wins, in January gave Pools a brief hope of avoiding the drop.
However, they won only two of their remaining 12 games of the season and were consigned to life in League Two with three matches still to play.