FOLLOWING their crushing defeat to The Wire, Hull FC have parted company with head coach Lee Radford.

Owner Adam Pearson confirmed the news on Sky Sports after watching his side be hammered 38-4 at the KCOM Stadium.

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"The club would like to place on record their immense gratitude for Lee's hard work, passion and loyalty for the club over the last seven years," a statement read.

"Lee and I have decided to call it a day," Pearson told Sky Sports.

"It was a decision that didn't rest easily with me but I don't think we're going in the right direction at the minute and so we've decided to go our separate ways."

Pearson added: "I'd just like to place on record the unbelievable job that he's done. He's a loyal guy who works tremendously hard and has put his life into this club for seven years so we're going to miss him."

Pearson said the decision was taken as a direct result of Thursday's performance against the Wolves and revealed assistant coaches Andy Last and Kieron Purtill will take temporary charge.

"Lee is nobody's fool and I think he realises that certain aspects of that performance are just not acceptable," the chairman added.

"We've got to regroup as a club and as a team and we're all going to have to pull together.

"Andy Last will take charge of the team from tomorrow morning with Kieron Purtill and we will try to get a few players back and try to go again for Huddersfield."