Former Pools boss Ronnie Moore to make return for season's final home game

Ronnie Moore was sacked by the club earlier this year.

Ronnie Moore was sacked by the club earlier this year.

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Ronnie Moore will today make an emotional return to Victoria Park - 12 months after pulling off the Great Escape with Hartlepool United.

The man who masterminded the battle for Football League survival is at the Vic for today's final home game of the season against Portsmouth.

Moore had wanted to return to the ground to say his farewell to the staff and fans after being sacked in February following the 2-1 home defeat to Stevenage.

Despite having his reign ended after only 14 months, the 63-year-old, a veteran of almost 1,000 games as a manager, has shown no signs of bitterness, regularly posting good luck messages on Twitter.

He will be a guest of chairman, Gary Coxall this afternoon as Pools take on sixth-placed Pompey in League Two.

Moore is certain to get a warm reception from fans following that Houdini-esque act 12 months ago.

This week marked the anniversary of the 2-1 win over Exeter which guaranteed Pools' survival.