Mick Wadsworth

By Dan King - Newcastle United Club Reporter

Hartlepool United have sacked former Newcastle assistant manager Mick Wadsworth.

The 61-year-old was Sir Bobby Robson's number two between 1999 and 2001 and was appointed as Pools' caretaker manager at the start of last season.

After leading his side to League One survival, he was rewarded by being made permanent Head Coach this summer and brought in ex-Magpie Nobby Solano to bolster his midfield.

However, despite Pools lying 13th in the table, they have lost seven successive home games - scoring only one goal in the process - leading to Wadsworth's dismissal.

A statement on Hartlepool's official website read: "It is with regret that Hartlepool United have today relieved Mick Wadsworth of his duties as Head Coach with immediate effect.

"Following a good start to the season, although the away performances have yielded some results, regrettably the last seven home defeats have been of concern and it was felt that a fresh direction was required.

"We would like to wish Mick all the very best for his future career and thank him for his efforts since joining the club in July 2010.

"His contribution and wealth of experience during that time has been greatly appreciated by the chairman, club owners and everyone associated with the club."