Leading Hartlepool United fans call for quick action after John Hughes sacking

Jeff Stelling
Jeff Stelling

HARTLEPOOL United fans have called on the club to act quickly to find a new manager after first team coach John Hughes was sacked after just 177 days in charge.

His number two Micky Barron has also been axed and some fans have expressed shock while others said they expected major changes following relegation to League Two.

Hughes’ tenure lasted just 29 matches with the Scot winning eight, losing 12 and drawing nine.

Hartlepool-born Jeff Stelling, presenter of Soccer Saturday, said: “I’m disappointed it didn’t work out for John Hughes as he is an extremely likeable character and given more time who knows what might have happened?

“But I would say Russ Green and Ken Hodcroft are two people who have the club at heart and they would not have made a decision like this if they didn’t think it was the best thing for the club to safeguard its future.

“I am disappointed but I have to say that I am not shocked. The club will have to get somebody in quickly though.”

Hartlepool MP and season ticket holder Iain Wright said: “Sir Alex Ferguson is of course always available in an advisory capacity but seriously he was manager at Manchester United for 27 years but in the first couple of seasons there was talk of him being sacked.

“In that time Pools have had 24 managers and that shows you can’t plan for the long term and compete with such uncertainty and instability.”

He added: “It is a real shame for Micky Barron as he has been a fantastic servant to the club over the years.”

Pauline McSweenie, secretary of the Hartlepool United Supporters’ Association, said: “I am shocked as I thought John Hughes had done enough and it is a sad way for Micky Barron to go as he has been a good servant.

“There is a lot of uncertainty now but we need to act quickly and get somebody in with experience.”

Supporter Steven Liddell, 29, said: “I had a feeling that something like this was coming.

“At least this gives us a fresh start for the League Two promotion push.”

Mark Carroll, 34, said: “I am shocked to be honest because when Hughes was first appointed we were told that he was the number one choice with a long-term vision for the club who would back him.

“We now need to go for experience but it depends on the ambitions of the club.”

A club statement said: “The club would like to thank John for all his efforts to try and secure League One status since he joined the club in November 2012. We wish him all the very best for the future.

“Hartlepool United would also like to thank Micky for his commitment and effort during his time as assistant first and reserve team coach and he also leaves with our very best wishes.”

Barron leaves the club after 17 years as player, reserve-team boss and assistant manager.