CARLISLE United boss Keith Curle has claimed former Hartlepool United manager Colin Cooper didn’t have the support of the club.
Cooper stepped down from his role as manager of Sky Bet League Two side Pools on Saturday teatime after the 3-0 defeat to Curle’s Carlisle at Victoria Park.
Defeat saw Pools go bottom of the Football League with just eight points won out of a possible 33 all season.
In an exclusive SportMail interview, chairman Ken Hodcroft said nobody at the club was happy with Pools’ current position but stressed it was Cooper’s decision to step down.
Hodcroft told SportMail: “Colin had been doing his best but it was his decision to resign.
“We didn’t talk to him or anything, he just came straight to us after the game, after he had told the players and then came up and told us.
“He said he had appreciated his time with us and his chance in management.
“Personally, he felt he had done as much as he could under the circumstances and that he had decided to resign.”
But speaking in a television interview on Monday, Curle said: “I spoke to Colin after the game.
“Colin is a gentleman and a scholar of the game and has a good understanding.
“He loved his job, had a passion for the job that he was doing.
“I think he felt that he wasn’t being supported or getting the backing off the field.
“It does have a detrimental affect on you as a human being when you are not being able to do the job that you want to do, it does affect you.
“If you are not getting the results or the reaction out of the players that you feel you should be getting, then being a manager on the side of a pitch can be a lonely place.
“When you win, it is phenomenal and you are walking on clouds and can do whatever you want.
“When you get beat 3-0 in a derby game and all you can hear is the away supporters, it is absolutely horrible.
“It is painful but you just have to stand there and take it.”