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Football club's new owners revealed later

News of Hartlepool United's future will be announced later Credit: PA Images

Hartlepool United are expected to reveal more details about the club's new owners.

Its majority shareholder, IOR (Increased Oil Recovery) has announced that a takeover has been agreed.

A sale had been decided last December to TMH2014 Limited but it was revealed in February that the deal had fallen through.

Chairman Ken Hodcroft has stepped down and IOR, which bought the club in 1997, will relinquish control.

Hartlepool will start the new season with new owners at the helm after the team's dramatic escape from relegation.

Pools fans are hoping the changes will bring new investment.


Moore wants away improvement for Hartlepool

Hartlepool United boss Ronnie Moore says his side must improve their away form in order to stay in the Football League.

Despite a 1-0 defeat at home to Burton Albion yesterday, Pools have won four of the last six games at Victoria Park. In contrast, they have only taken one point from their previous six away games.

Pools are eight points adrift at the bottom of League Two and Moore says Hartlepool need to start earning points on the road to stay up.

Worthington ready for York challenge

Nigel Worthington has spoken for the first time since his appointment as manager of York City.

The former Northern Ireland boss has been brought in as a replacement for Gary Mills, who was sacked after the club's 2-0 defeat to Bradford City on Saturday.

Worthington said he was ready for the challenge of keeping the Minstermen in League Two.

York release statement after Worthington appointment

Nigel Worthington has been appointed as the new manager of York City following the sacking of Gary Mills.

A club statement read:

The decision to appoint Nigel was based on his solid Football League experience, his strong coaching ability and his extensive knowledge of players throughout the leagues.

The York City Board of Directors welcomes Nigel Worthington to the Club and looks forward to working with him.

– Club statement, York City FC


Worthington appointed as York boss

Nigel Worthington has been appointed York City manager Credit: Paul Faith/PA Wire/Press Association Images

York City have appointed former Northern Ireland boss Nigel Worthington has their new manager.

The 51-year-old replaces outgoing manager Gary Mills, who was sacked after Saturday's 2-0 home defeat to Bradford. A poor run of results has left them just four points above the relegation zone.

As well as Northern Ireland, Worthington has previously managed Blackpool, Norwich City and Leicester City.

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York City sack manager Gary Mills

York City have sacked manager Gary Mills after the League 2 side lost 2-0 to Bradford City. York have had a run of 11 games without a win. In a statement, the club's board of directors said its absolute priority is to safeguard the club’s Football League status.

It is with regret that the York City Board of Directors has terminated the contract of manager, Gary Mills, with immediate effect. The recent playing form, which has resulted in the team achieving only 6 points out of a possible 33 points, has led the Board to this extremely difficult decision.

The York City Board of Directors’ absolute priority is to safeguard the Club’s Football League status and an improvement in results is essential due to our current League position.

– Statement, York City Board of Directors.

The Board added their thanks to Gary Mills for his "great contribution to York City Football Club and for managing last season’s promotion team. We wish Gary the very best for his future career." The club says it hopes to make an announcement about a new manager within the next week.

York are 18th in the League 2 table and just four points above the drop zone. Mills, a European Cup winner as a player with Nottingham Forest in1980, was appointed as manager at York in October 2010 and led the club to promotion back into the football league last season.