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Neale Cooper resigns from Hartlepool United role

Neale Cooper has resigned as Hartlepool United boss Photo: PA

Neale Cooper has resigned as first team coach of Hartlepool United.

The decision comes after Pools' latest defeat away to Bury. That result extended a dismal run of form for Hartlepool, which has seen them slump to the foot of the League One table.

In a statement, Hartlepool United said:

It is with reluctance that Hartlepool United today accepted the resignation of First Team Coach Neale Cooper.

Neale, who came to the Club in December 2011, stated that he had enjoyed his time at Victoria Park and also the full support of the Club's owners IOR, along with all the players and staff.

However, he decided that it was in the best interests of the Club that he stood down from his position as First Team Coach.

Neale stated that he had been very disappointed with the results achieved since the start of the season and, although in several games luck had been against the team, he nevertheless believes they can move on and secure League One status with someone else leading the campaign.

The Club wishes to thank Neale for his commitment and dedication, and wishes him every success in his return to Scotland.

Micky Barron has agreed to take temporary charge of the First Team for the immediate future.

– Hartlepool United statement

In a recent interview Cooper said he had started to feel the pressure

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