Carlisle United's struggling League Two rivals Hartlepool United have sacked their manager after a dismal start to the season.

Paul Hartley has left the club along with assistant Gordon Young.

It follows their latest defeat which left them second from bottom and still without a league win this campaign.

Pools said that run of poor form had them to their "decision to make a change."

In a statement, they added: "A further update on succession plans will follow in due course."

Hartley, the former Alloa Athletic, Dundee, Falkirk and Cove Rangers boss, had only been in charge at Victoria Park since June 3.

He replaced Graeme Lee at the helm but has now gone himself after just 11 games in all competitions.

The final straw was a 2-0 defeat at Sutton United on Saturday.

The decision could see former Carlisle midfielder Antony Sweeney back in the caretaker chair. He has been the club's stand-in boss before, most recently between the reigns of Dave Challinor and Lee last season.

The Monkey Hangers are at home to Carlisle on Saturday, October 8.

Hartley is the second League Two boss to go this season after Rochdale's Robbie Stockdale was axed last month.