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FORMER TNS manager Craig Harrison has been sacked after nine months in charge of Hartlepool United, who currently lie 19th in the National League.

The 40-year-old, who was appointed last May, spent six hugely successful years with The New Saints but has been unable to replicate that with the financially-troubled north east outfit, who were relegated from the Football League last season and remain up for sale as owners HUFC Holdings Limited look for new investment.

Fans crowd-sourced money to help the club cover wages and running costs as they tried to avoid administration earlier this season.

"We appreciate that, in recent months, Craig has had to work in extremely difficult circumstances due to the uncertainty over the club's future," the club statement continued.

"The club has already started the process of finding a new manager, but in the meantime Matthew Bates and Paul Jenkins will take charge of training and prepare the team for Saturday's home game with Ebbsfleet United."

During his time at The New Saints, Harrison led the club to a world-record 27 consecutive wins on the way to the Welsh Premier title last season, breaking Dutch giants Ajax's 44-year record in the process.

His record as Pools boss, though, was 10 wins from 36 games, with 16 losses and 10 draws.