JONES SACK­ING NOT MY DO­ING – STELLING

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Dan Barnes

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

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