Sam Collins has been relieved of his duties at The Northern Gas and Power Stadium and departs the Club with immediate effect.
Pools boss Dave Jones has explained that the Club are seeking to move in a new direction and has thanked Collins for his long service.
“We’re changing the culture and the ethos here and when that happens sometimes there are casualties, sadly,” Jones admitted.
“The Club is now heading in a different direction and we have to make decisions – no matter how tough they are - that we think are right for the future.
“Sam leaves with our very best wishes for the future and our thanks for his near decade of service to the Club, on and off the pitch.”
Originally joining the Club as a player in January 2008, no-nonsense centre-back Collins went on to make 269 appearances – many of them as captain – as Pools established themselves in League One.
As his playing days drew to a close, Collins took a step in to coaching under Colin Cooper in 2013/14 before stepping up to Assistant Manager to Ronnie Moore upon his appointment in January 2015.
Alongside Moore, he helped direct the Club to an incredible 'Great Escape' from relegation at the end of that 2014/15 campaign.
Collins – who also served as Caretaker Manager on three occasions - remained a part of the coaching set-up when Craig Hignett arrived as boss in February 2016 when he was assigned to look after the Club’s Under-21 group.
Everyone at the Club would like to thank him for his loyal service to Hartlepool United and wish him every success in the future.