Jeff Stelling was given a huge welcome to Victoria Park on Thursday night as he completed the penultimate day of his astonishing charity walk – and then tipped Pools for big success under Craig Harrison.
The Sky Sports presenter was greeted by hundreds of Pools fans as he and his merry band of walkers made their way along Clarence Road, after covering almost thirty miles from Darlington via Middlesbrough.
It was day 14 of his Jeff’s March challenge which has seen him walk from Exeter City’s St James’ Park on a route which will conclude at Newcastle United’s St James’ Park on Friday evening.
There was a real Pools flavour to the day with Jeff being joined by H’Angus the Monkey, Northern Echo reporter Nick Loughlin and boss Craig Harrison.
And Stelling revealed that he’s got every faith in Harrison as the man to lead the Club back to the EFL next season, admitting he’s been encouraged by the early transfer work at The Vic.
“It’s going to be a new adventure and I think we can do really, really well,” he said.
“I have talked a lot with Craig Harrison as we walked and over the phone in the last couple of weeks and I have every confidence in him – I feel like we’re heading in the right direction.
“I think we have signed a lot of players with National League experience which is really, really important.
“We have had Cheltenham fans walking with us telling us what a good player Jack Munns is and I spoke to Max Rushden on talkSPORT earlier and he’s a Cambridge fan so had lots of good things to say about Ryan Donaldson.
“I think we’ve done some really good business bringing players in and with Carl Magnay – getting his signature was brilliant. He’s got experience, he’s a leader and that could be one of the bits of business so far.
“It’s going to be hard. I went to Tranmere on the walk; they’ve been trying to get back for the last two seasons and they have a Championship set-up and big crowds.
“It will be tough and I don’t want to put pressure on the Manager by saying we will go up automatically but I think we will be there or thereabouts and we’ll win more than we’ll lose.”