TV pundit on Hartlepool United relegation: Appointment of Dave Jones to blame

Disastrous appointment: Then-chairman Gary Coxall with Dave Jones. Picture by FRANK REID
Disastrous appointment: Then-chairman Gary Coxall with Dave Jones. Picture by FRANK REID

Football League TV pundit Adam Virgo blames the appointment of Dave Jones for Hartlepool United's relegation from the Football League.

Channel 5 expert Virgo said interim boss Matthew Bates had an "impossible job" to keep Pools up.

Bates did guide Pools to a 2-1 victory over Doncaster Rovers on Saturday, but it was not enough as Newport's victory over Notts County condemned them to the National League.

Virgo said that then chairman Gary Coxall's decision to brong Jones in from the football cold to a club at the wrong end of the league was a disaster.

"I'm still baffled why Dave Jones was appointed as Hartlepool manager," he said on Channel 5's Goal Rush. "I honestly thought he'd retired.

"What made them make that decision to bring him into the football club?

"He'd not been a manager for four years."

Virgo said Pools had handed Bates, Billy Paynter, Stuart Parnaby and Ian Gallagher an "impossible job" by giving them only two managers, adding "it was a mountain to climb."