Jeff Stelling will have active Hartlepool United role but Sky Sports panel must call him ‘el presidente’

Jeff Stelling at the end of the game against Northampton Town
Jeff Stelling at the end of the game against Northampton Town

Jeff Stelling will be “as active” a president as Hartlepool United want him to be.

That was the view from the new figurehead of the club after succeeding Lord Mandelson in the role.

I’ll be as active or inactive as they want me to be

JEFF STELLING

Pools have traditionally had a political figure as their honorary president, including MP Ted Leadbitter, local MEP Roland Boyes and former player, Lord Burlison.

Peter Mandelson became president during his time as the town’s MP but owners JPNG asked Stelling if he would take the role and the Sky Sports presenter was proud to say yes.

“I’ll be as active or inactive as they want me to be,” he told SportMail.

“Anything I can do to help promote the club then obviously I’m happy to do so.

“Anything Russ Green asks me to do, time and commitments permitting, I’m happy to do.

“The difficulty is I work Saturdays but there I can do my bit on screen, sing the lads praise when we’re doing well and keep quiet when we’re not.”

Stelling said it was a dream come true to be given such an honour.

“I’ve had so much good fortune in my life and this is just another impossible dream achieved really,” he said.

“When you are watching as a kid your dream is to play for the team, but I was never going to be good enough for that.

“Something like this would never cross your mind, even a year ago.

“It’s fantastic and I’m very grateful to the chairman, chief executive and the board who have offered me the chance. It’s great.”

The former Mail journalist, enjoying a Saturday off from fronting Sky’s flagship football show, says he expects some banter from his panel in the studio this weekend.

“I’m sure they will, as long as they call me el presidente,” he laughed.