Former Celtic midfielder loses job as Hartlepool manager

Former Celtic midfielder Paul Hartley has been sacked as Hartlepool manager. The Scottish manager was only appointed in the summer but after no wins in EFl League Two, the chairman has decided that he needs to make a change with the club second from bottom.

Hartley, 45, had guided the Cove Rangers to the SPFL Championship but has decided to progress his managerial career elsewhere taking over at the EFL League Two club. It appears to have been the wrong decision for the former Hearts and Aberdeen midfielder.

Hartley has had spells as manager with Alloa, Dundee and Falkirk but had been linked with a number of vacancies after impressing with Cove. He will not be short of offers in future but at present, he will exit Hartlepool.

Hartley signed for Celtic for £1m from Hearts in 2007 and won two Premiership titles, one League Cup and one Scottish Cup during his time with his boyhood club. The player would give a dogged determination to the midfield under Gordon Strachan and would help win the title under dramatic circumstances in 2007/08. In his time at the club, he scored 4 goals in 86 appearances.

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