JONES SACKING NOT MY DOING – STELLING
JEFF Stelling doesn’t believe his television outburst caused Hartlepool boss Dave Jones’ dismisssal.
With Pools battling to avoid relegation from the Football League for the first time in their 109-year history, TV presenter Stelling, speaking live on Sky Sports, called for Jones, who led Cardiff to the FA Cup final in 2008, to walk away from his position or be fired immediately after a 2-0 defeat to Barnet last Saturday.
Stelling stepped down from his position as Pools president that day and, on Monday, owners JPNG Recruitment announced Jones had been dismissed.
The former Stockport and Wolves boss has reportedly spoken to the League Managers’ Association over the manner of his sacking, but Stelling insists that Jones had only himself to blame.
“It was pure passion,” said Stelling. “What I regret is that anyone should lose their job.
“Dave did not lose his job for what I said that day. The chairman took another couple of days before he decided.
“Dave lost his job because he took 13 points out of 51 and that’s relegation form. It required drastic action. It was a very difficult situation.”
Defender Matthew Bates, 30, was placed in caretaker charge of Pools, assisted by team-mate Billy Paynter, coach Stuart Parnaby and head physio Ian Gallagher.
Meanwhile, Craig Harrison, Gateshead-born boss of The New Saints, says he is flattered to be linked with the Hartlepool job.
“I’ve already told (Saints chairman) Mike Harris that I want to be managing as high as I can, wherever that may be,” said Harrison.
“There’s a geographical link as I’m from that region, but you have to be doing a decent job to be linked with another team, so it’s great and I’m flattered.”
OUTBURST: Jeff Stelling