Cardiff sack Steve Morison after fifth league defeat in opening 10 games

Cardiff have announced the departure of Steve Morison in the wake of Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Huddersfield. Morison, who became manager on a permanent basis in November last year, leaves with the club 18th in the Championship.

A club statement read: “Cardiff City Football Club can confirm that First Team Manager Steve Morison has been relieved of his duties. We’d like to thank Steve for his efforts during his time at Cardiff City, stabilising the first team last season and helping to evolve our squad in line with the club’s philosophy this summer.”

Cardiff said Mark Hudson would take over as caretaker manager, assisted by Tom Ramasut. Their next game is against Burnley on 1 October.

Morison replaced Mick McCarthy on a temporary basis in October last year and was subsequently handed a permanent contract by Cardiff’s owner, Vincent Tan. However, the club slumped to a final finishing position of 18th last season after winning just one of their final six league matches. They have lost five of their opening 10 league games this season, with three wins and two draws.

Hartlepool have also parted company with their manager, with Paul Hartley and his assistant Gordon Young both leaving the club after a winless start to the season in League Two.

Saturday’s 2-0 loss at Sutton left them 23rd in the division, just two points above the bottom side, Rochdale. They have lost five and drawn four of their nine matches to date.

A statement on the club’s website said “a further update on succession plans will follow in due course”.

Hartlepool’s sole win to date this season came in the Papa John’s Trophy and their next game is in that competition, at Morecambe on Tuesday.