JEFF Stelling says he has sympathy for Paul Murray but has described his sacking as a “brave and bold and decisive decision” by the club.
Murray was axed just seven games into his first managerial job, with the 2-1 FA Cup defeat to Blyth Spartans proving one defeat too much for the club’s heirarchy.
Hartlepool-born Sky Sports presenter Stelling had his say on the decision on his Soccer Saturday programme on Saturday lunchtime.
Stelling told viewers: “We have sacked our manager today seven games in.
“We are in desperate straights and I feel sorry for Paul Murray.
“But it is a brave and bold and decisive decision.”
Stelling was also left angry with the decision by the BBC to film pundit Alan Shearer inside the Blyth Spartans dressing room prior to kick-off giving the non-league side a team talk.
Shearer was a pundit for the second round match alongside Trevor Sinclair and presenter Dan Walker at Victoria Park.
Stelling, with tongue firmly in cheek, said: “This is not a rant and I am not bitter in anyway.
“Well done to Blyth Spartans, they were the second best side clearly on the night but well done to them.
“That happens in cup football. I wish them well.
“The referee? He had a good game apart from not spotting the ball was 18-inches over the line for a goal he disallowed but apart from that he had a good game so well done to him.
“I’m not bitter with him at all.
“But I tell you what, the BBC, there are licence payers in Hartlepool and it was completely unacceptable to have Alan Shearer in the Blyth Spartans dressing room before the game saying their will be heroes this evening on that pitch make sure it is one of you in the Green and White.
“Unacceptable. BBC hang your head in shame.
“I’m not bitter.”
Stelling’s comments provoked laughter from the panel members including Paul Merson and Matt Le Tissier.