MUR­RAY AXE IS SUCH A FARCE SAYS FL­ITCROFT

The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Paddy von Behr

HARTLE­POOL’S decision to sack Paul Mur­ray after just 45 days in charge was far­ci­cal, ac­cord­ing to Bury boss David Fl­itcroft.

Mur­ray, who spent three years as a player at Hartle­pool, was in charge at Vic­to­ria Park for just seven games – the last a 2-1 home de­feat to Non-League Blyth Spar­tans in the FA Cup sec­ond round.

And Fl­itcroft, a for­mer Pools player, said: “When I see the Hartle­pool man­ager get­ting sacked after seven games, it’s be­come far­ci­cal. The world of foot­ball has be­come far­ci­cal.

“I think that heaps pres­sure on ev­ery­one at a foot­ball club.”

Craig Hignett, who re­signed from his role as Mid­dles­brough as­sis­tant ear­lier this month, is cur­rently the favourite to take charge, with Ron­nie Moore, Sam Collins and Chris Beech among the run­ners. How­ever, Rochdale are con­fi­dent as­sis­tant-man­ager Beech will re­main at Spot­land.

Boss Keith Hill said: “If it was some­thing that Chris wanted to do, I would never stand in his way.

“But if I was Chris Beech there’s no way I would en­ter­tain go­ing to Hartle­pool as first-team man­ager, be­cause look at Paul Mur­ray – he’s out of work within seven games.

“Where is the plan from the peo­ple in charge?”

SHORT SHIFT: Paul Mur­ray lasted 45 days at Hartle­pool

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