Jeff Stelling absolutely ripped into Hartlepool during Soccer Saturday

Dave Jones has left his role as Hartlepool manager by mutual consent, with Matthew Bates taking over for the club's last two games of the season.

Jones won just three of his 17 matches after succeeding Craig Hignett as the Pools manager on January 18.

Whether Jones will look for another managerial position remains to be seen, but judging on the recent job he did at Hartlepool, he will most certainly find it hard to walk into another job.

Jones, 60, had seen his side pick up only 13 points from a possible 51.

Defender Bates has been installed as the early favourite for the post, ahead of former Grimsby Town boss Marcus Bignot, ex Pools caretaker Sam Collins, and the inevitably linked Ronnie Moore, while the likes of Martin Allen, Neil Aspin and Robbie Stockdale also feature at this early stage, whereas Jeff Stelling is a 100/1 shot!

Hartlepool lost 2-0 at home to Barnet which has left them two points adrift in the bottom two, with two games remaining.

Hartlepool's next games are Cheltenham (A) and Doncaster (H) as they bid to preserve their league status. [Director] Pam Duxbery, the chairman Garry Coxall if he won't walk, sack him.

Despite it looking like Stelling has excised some considerable sway here, we sincerely doubt that Hartlepool have simply bowed to the whims of the bloke who reads the videprinter out on Soccer Saturday. If it means me resigning as vice president then I do so happily - do it now, do it today.

And, this afternoon, the club announced that Jones and his assistant managers Alex Armstrong and Kevin Cooper have departed "by mutual consent".

"I am wearing the Hartlepool United tie today", he said.

'The club would like to place on record its thanks to Jones, Armstrong and Cooper for their efforts and wish them every success in the future'. A lack of respect for me.

  • Salvatore Jensen