Jeff Stelling says there was ‘no choice’ but for Colin Cooper to leave Hartlepool United

THE FINAL STRAW: Carlisle United players celebrate their 3rd goal in front of Hartlepool United keeper Scott Flinders. Picture by FRANK REID

THE FINAL STRAW: Carlisle United players celebrate their 3rd goal in front of Hartlepool United keeper Scott Flinders. Picture by FRANK REID

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JEFF Stelling believes there was no other choice but for Hartlepool United and Colin Cooper to end their 15-month association.

Colin Cooper tonight handed in his resignation after Pools dropped to the bottom of the Football League after previous basement club Carlisle United won 3-0 at Victoria Park.

Jeff Stelling.

Jeff Stelling.

Cooper stood down after only two wins and two draws and just five goals scored in 11 matches.

The club’s most famous fan, who climbed Kilimanjaro last summer with the Pools boss, took to Twitter to have his say on the evening’s events.

“Colin is a friend of mine and a good man,” the Sky Sports presenter wrote on Twitter.

“But there was no choice. Never been to Braintree or Altrincham - no disrespect but I don’t want to.”

Stelling believes the club must look for an experienced replacement and someone from outside the club.”

“Needs to be outside appointment,” he added. “Mark Robins? Gary Megson? But will we pay the going rate to get someone decent.”