Ronnie Moore appointed Hartlepool United manager

New Hartlepool United boss Ronnie Moore
New Hartlepool United boss Ronnie Moore

HARTLEPOOL United have tonight announced Ronnie Moore is the club’s new manager.

Experienced Moore, 61, has more than 900 games under his belt as a boss and he has been tasked with the job of getting Pools away from the bottom of the Football League.

Sam Collins has been appointed assistant manager on the day IOR sold the club to new owners TMH 2014 Limited.

Moore, previously in charge at Rotherham United, Tranmere Rovers and Oldham Athletic, has been out of work since leaving Tranmere Rovers earlier this year.

Chairman Peter Harris said: “We’re really pleased that Ronnie will be coming in as manager.

“We believe that having Ronnie in charge will give the Club the best possible chance of remaining in the Football League and we will provide him with all the support he needs to help him achieve that.

“He is a very experienced manager which is something we felt was needed but he’s also a tough character who is very much prepared for the battle ahead.”

Moore, who watched Pools in action at Burton Albion on Saturday, will lead training on Wednesday morning.

The Scouser will take charge of the team for the first time against Oxford United at home on Saturday.

The 61-year-old watched from the stands as Pools slumped to a 4-0 defeat at Burton Albion on Saturday.

Defeat left Pools six points adrift of safety at the bottom of Sky Bet League Two, with a shocking goal difference of -24.

Moore has been looking for a return after eight months out of work after being sacked by Tranmere earlier this year for breaching betting rules.

The former striker was fined £2,000 and given a one-month suspension, suspended for two years, after he admitted an FA charge relating to betting on competitions and matches in which his club was involved.

Moore broke the rules after placing bets for family members from his account, which on one occasion included a £1 stake on Tranmere to win in a double with Manchester United, which returned less than £4.

At the time, Moore admitted he should have known the rules and held his hands up adding: “It was a genuinely honest mistake made by myself and I am embarrassed about it.”

The unfortunate episode cost him his job at Tranmere but he is now back at Pools.