NEALE Cooper has resigned as first-team coach of Hartlepool United.
The 48-year-old leaves the club with Pools bottom of League One and without a win in 12 matches.
It was a run of form which led Cooper to tell SportMail he was considering his future as boss in the wake of Tuesday’s 2-1 defeat at Bury.
And confirmation has now arrived that the 48-year-old - who was in his second spell at Victoria Park - has left the club.
A club statement read: “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.”
Cooper returned to The Vic at the end of December, replacing Mick Wadsworth in the hotseat.
But a record of just seven wins from 39 games had led to speculation over his future and today’s news was expected.
SEE Thursday’s Mail for full story and reaction.