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Paul Murray sacked by Hartlepool United

6 December 2014

Hartlepool United have sacked manager Paul Murray following their shock FA Cup second round exit at home to Blyth Spartans - after just 45 days in charge.

The 38-year-old former Pools midfielder had just seven games in the Victoria Park hot-seat having taken over from Colin Cooper.

Murray oversaw five defeats, one win and a draw during his brief reign with the club, who sit bottom of Sky Bet League 2 and six points adrift of safety.

Assistant manager Willie Donachie has also left, with Sam Collins placed in temporary charge.

A statement on the club's official website read: " Hartlepool United can announce that manager Paul Murray and assistant manager Willie Donachie have been released from their contracts.

"Sam Collins has been placed in temporary charge of first-team affairs.

"The club will be making no further comment at this time."

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