Bury boss slams Hartlepool United over “farcical” Murray sacking as Chris Beech is linked with job

Paul Murray at the end of the game against Blyth Spartans. Picture by FRANK REID
Paul Murray at the end of the game against Blyth Spartans. Picture by FRANK REID
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DAVID Flitcroft has become the latest manager to slam Hartlepool United’s decision to sack Paul Murray labelling it “farcical”

Murray was axed on Saturday morning after just 45 days and seven matches in charge at the Sky Bet League Two club.

Defeat to non-league Blyth Spartans in the second round of the FA Cup proved his last game in charge but the decision to sack him has been criticised by managers at other clubs.

Oldham Athletic boss Lee Johnson, who used to have Murray as his first team coach, labelled it a “joke” and now Bury boss Flitcroft has had his say.

Flitcroft believes the former Pools midfielder, who played more than 100 matches for the club, was given little time to prove his credentials.

He said: “When I see the Hartlepool manager getting sacked after seven games - it’s become farcical.

“The world of football has become farcical.

“I think that heaps pressure on everyone at a football club.”

The 38-year-old Cumbrian was sacked along with assistant manager Willie Donachie.

Former Boro assistant Craig Hignett remains the odds on favourite for the vacant post, while caretaker boss Sam Collins and Brian Laws are also among the early frontrunners.

Ex-Pools midfielder Chris Beech has also been heavily linked with the role and is second favourites amongst some bookies.

The 40-year-old, from Blackpool, is currently assistant manager at Rochdale to Keith Hill.

He played 104 games for the club, scoring 26 goals before leaving for Huddersfield Town. Beech went on to play for Rochdale and briefly Doncaster and Carlisle United before moving into coaching.

Meanwhile, former Pools midfielder Paul Stephenson has left his role as assistant manager at League Two Accrington Stanley by mutual consent.

When Martin Scott left Pools back in 2006, Stephenson was handed the reins as caretaker manager but could not prevent the team from being relegated to the fourth tier. When Danny Wilson was appointed manager in the summer of 2006, Stephenson returned to youth team duties before leaving to join the coaching staff at Norwich City.

Player coach Sam Collins has been placed in temporary charge while Pools - who are bottom of Sky Bet League Two after 19 games - look for their third manager of the season.