Hartlepool manager Dave Jones has left the club by mutual consent, just two days after Sky presenter Jeff Stelling launched an astonishing on-air rant calling for him to go.

Stelling – who is a lifelong fan of the club and was its president before resigning live on air on Saturday – was furious as news of Pool’s 2-0 defeat by Barnet came through.

The Soccer Saturday presenter shouted: “Dave Jones, for God’s sake, for the good of the club, go now!”

“You’ve got 13 points from 51, this is not your level of football. [Finance director] Pam Duxbury, the chairman Gary Coxall, if he won’t walk, then sack him.”

When Jones was informed of the comments after the match, he accused Stelling of showing a “lack of respect”.

“It’s OK Jeff Stelling saying it in his comfy chair – he doesn’t know,” the former Southampton manager said. “In fact it’s a lack of respect for me. Why should he say that?

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“He’s such a big hero, but I’ll go up against him. Does he say it about anyone else? (Arsene) Wenger? It’s not his job, his job is to report.

“He hasn’t phoned me. A few weeks ago he’s sat in my office crowing about us going five games without losing, how we’ve changed it around.

“What’s changed? I haven’t changed or has he forgotten that? I’m fighting for my life, how about a bit of support Jeff, rather than the rubbish you are giving out?”

Jones left the club by “mutual consent” today. Stelling was born in Hartlepool and attended the local Grammar School before getting his first job at the Hartlepool Mail.