Dave Jones: Hartlepool United part company with manager

Paola Ditto
Aprile 24, 2017

Two days after Jeff Stelling embarked upon a fevered plea for Hartlepool manager Dave Jones to hand in his gun and badge, the League Two side have announced that Jones has been fired from his post.

And Stelling got his wish, with Jones leaving his post following a disastrous stint in charge, taking only 13 points from a possible 51.

The defeat, combined with a 1-0 home win for Newport County over Stanley, means that Hartlepool United have slipped into the dreaded bottom two with just two games remaining.

The decision comes less than 48 hours after Jeff Stelling, club president at Hartlepool issued a message for Jones to leave during a this weekends Sky Sports Soccer Saturday.

Experienced defender Bates will now attempt to preserve the club's League status and he will be assisted by captain Billy Paynter, Stuart Parnaby and Ian Gallagher.

Jones' most successful spell in management was at Wolves, when he guided them to the Premier League in the 2002/2003 season - something the club hadn't achieved since 1984.

Winchester-based Stelling demanded Jones either quit or was sacked after Pools dropped into the relegation zone on Saturday evening.

Jones blasted Stelling for showing a lack of "respect" from his Sky Sports ivory towers as Hartlepool United's president railed against the club's manager.

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

Stelling said: "We 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".

"In fact it's a lack of respect for me".

Current first-team player Matthew Bates has been placed in control for the final two games against fellow strugglers Cheltenham (A) and already-promoted Doncaster (H).

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