Avid Hartlepool United supporter and host of Sky Sports' Gillette Soccer Saturday, Jeff Stelling, gave a no-holds barred rant in regards to the disastrous state that his club find themselves in live on air.
Stelling often uses his position as presenter to voice his opinion on the fortunes of the League Two club, but last Saturday he almost lost the plot as he called for manager Dave Jones to get the sack following a 2-0 defeat to Barnet.
Jeff Stelling offers to resign if Hartlepool don't sack manager Dave Jones https://t.co/wXvEZoJdxX
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He said, "W e have lost at home, we’re in the relegation places, and it’s not personal Dave, but for God’s sake for the good of the club walk now. Go now. You’ve got 13 points from 51, this is not your level of football.
"(Finance director) Pam Duxbury, the chairman Gary Coxall, if he won’t walk, then sack him. If it means me resigning as president then I do so happily – do it now, do it today", as the Mirror reported.
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Former Southampton, Cardiff City and Sheffield Wednesday manager Jones was appointed in January after a three year break from football management, but it has not been a happy return with Hartlepool in danger of dropping out of the Football League.
Incredibly, the 62-year-old Stelling stayed true to his word, with reports that he had quit his role as club president, one that he only took on last year in place of Lord Mandelson, due to his involvement with the House of Lords.