Jeff Stelling: Pools survival would be greatest of all escapes

Jeff Stelling pictured on stage at the Hartlepool Town Hall Theatre. Picture by Tom Collins
Jeff Stelling pictured on stage at the Hartlepool Town Hall Theatre. Picture by Tom Collins

HARTLEPOOL United fanatic Jeff Stelling believes it would be the “greatest escape of all time” if Pools avoid the drop.

The League One side are currently second bottom with 30 points, six points adrift of safety, but are unbeaten in seven games with 12 to play.

Jeff said: “Momentum is certainly with the team.

“I’m as guilty as everybody else and you look at the teams around you and they are winning as well.

“But I’ve looked back at the last six years and if you get 51 points you stay up, if you get 50 you generally stay up but 51 you certainly stay up.

“So, 20 to 21 points from the last dozen games, six wins, three draws – not that I have been thinking about it – would do.

“It would be the greatest escape of all time.”

Jeff also speaks highly of manager John Hughes and said former footballers working on Soccer Saturday, including Charlie Nicholas and Alan McInally, all rave about his man-management skills and style of play and said everybody was “singing his praises”.

Jeff added: “I know a lot of the fans will have thought ‘John Hughes?’.

“Especially when there were other names in the frame at the time but I think that if there were any questions about him he is answering them pretty quickly.”

Jeff also had a few words of wisdom for anyone who is interested in following in his footsteps.

He said: “I had a friend when I used to work in radio and he used to apply for a thousand jobs.

“He used to say “stand in the middle of the motorway long enough and something will hit you” – that was his theory.

“Persevere and don’t let setbacks put you off, you can be told no a thousand times.”