2015’s Great Escape was Ronnie Moore’s high point, but hopes 2016 can see Hartlepool United move to the other end of the table.

Hartlepool United manager Ronnie Moore celebrating with his staff at the end of the game against Exeter City which saw Pools retain their Football League status.
Hartlepool United manager Ronnie Moore celebrating with his staff at the end of the game against Exeter City which saw Pools retain their Football League status.

2015 was quite a year for Hartlepool United.

Ronnie Moore said last season’s Great Escape was his high point, but hopes 2016 can see Pools move to the other end of the table.

Ronnie Moore

In March Pools were nine points from safety before four wins on the bounce saw them climb out of the drop zone, the climax a 2-1 won over Exeter City at Victoria Park.

Four straight wins in August offered hope but the second half of 2015 has seen Pools again slip to the bottom half of the table, and they end the year just two places above the relegation zone.

Moore said: “The last 12 months have been ups and downs, but staying up was the ultimate high point for me – it was like a promotion, winning the league.

“It was a fantastic feeling, one of the best I’ve ever had in football.

“But we don’t want to be going through that again, emotional turmoil and we all want to be more comfortable. But it’s not easy, it doesn’t come easy.”

2015 also saw TMH 2014’s takeover bid fail, before JPNG, led by new chairman Gary Coxall, completed their purchase of the club in June.

“The chairman has come in and wants to do well, he’s not happy with where we are, we aren’t happy with where we are this season,” Moore said.

“We hoped to be at the other end, the last thing we wanted was the same as last season.

“Some displays have been decent, but we’ve not been able to put the ball in the back of the net. We will be looking at the top half if we can convert chances.”

In the summer, Moore and assistant Sam Collins signed long-term deals along with welcoming 12 new players to Victoria Park.

Moore said: “We changed the squad with new players coming in and you don’t really know what they are like until they are in and one or two, for me, have not performed to the potential that I feel that they have.

“There’s still more to come and they still have to win the games over and prove they are better players than they have done at this moment in time.

“In the New Year we look forward to more wins than this half of the year.

“In 2016 we need more wins and be harder to beat – if we can’t win a game, then don’t lose it, and we have to learn that fast.”