KELLY’S EYE ON Hartlepool United: Mick Wadsworth, a man of many talents

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NOT being built for speed myself, you will not be surprised that darts is one of my favourite sports.

Kelly certainly has the physique, the only drawback being vertically challenged that I struggle to reach to get my darts out of the board.

I don’t have Sky Sports so I was unable to follow the ‘real’ darts, the PDC World Championships featuring Phil Taylor (albeit not for very long), Adrian Lewis, Michael van Gerwen et al.

But I have been enjoying the BDO’s version of the worlds on BBC 2, especially the run to the quarter-finals of Hartlepool’s very own “Viper”, Tony Eccles.

The BDO event gets a bit of a bad press, but there has been plenty of entertainment – Eccles’ match-saving and match- turning 122 check-out against Wesley Harms, when he was staring defeat in the face, was as good as you will see anywhere.

But, and I’m finally arriving at the point, if you forgive the pun.

Did anyone else notice the likeness of darts star Tony O’Shea with former Hartlepool United first-team coach Mick Wadsworth?

Check it out at the top of this column if you don’t believe me.

Recently this very column wrote glowingly about another former Pools first-team coach, John Hughes, and our delight that Yogi was back in management as boss at Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

Kelly’s Eye was also a fan of Mick, even though he once had me moved from the touchline once at a reserve game. I don’t believe it was anything personal, I just think my belly was interrupting his view of one corner of the pitch.

Mick did not much like the press or reporters – not just the fat ones – but, to be fair, his quotes were first class every time.

And, to be fair again, his record as Pools first-team coach was pretty good – he was fired with the side within touching distance of the play-offs in League One.

Mick has worked this season, briefly, as boss of big-spending non leaguers Celtic Nation, before resigning, and had a short engagement as first-team coach when Sheffield United got rid of David Weir.

Wadsworth has a wealth of experience during a long and varied coaching and managerial career.

He is worth a league job in his own right and, like Yogi, it would be great to see him back in a hot-seat somewhere. If not, there’s always the arrows ...