Hartlepool boss hoping Cheltenham Town managerial ‘gamble’ doesn’t pay off

Looking to the stars, Hartlepool United boss Ronnie Moore.
Looking to the stars, Hartlepool United boss Ronnie Moore.

RONNIE Moore is hoping Cheltenham Town’s “gamble” to appoint a new manager with just seven games of the season left doesn’t pay off for Hartlepool United’s relegation rivals.

Former Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has been tasked with the job of saving Cheltenham from dropping into non-league.

Gary cannot bring in whoever he wants, the loan window has closed so he will have to work with what he already has

Ronnie Moore

The 2-1 win over Cambridge United, Pools’ fourth win on the spin, sent Town bottom of Sky Bet League Two and they responded by appointing Johnson as manager until the end of the season.

But with the emergency loan window now closed, Moore knows Johnson’s options are restricted.

Moore told SportMail: “Cheltenham have gone for a gamble because you can’t change an awful lot [at this stage].

“Gary cannot bring in whoever he wants, the loan window has closed so he will have to work with what he already has.

“But sometimes with a new manager you get an uplift in results straight away - I wish that had happened earlier when I came in!

“We had two draws and two losses.

“They have to hit the ground running and they have some really tough fixtures but Gary knows the game inside out and has had promotions with Yeovil.

“You don’t do what he has done in management without knowing what you’re doing.

“Has he got enough time?

“Only time will tell.”

Johnson, 59, will be assisted by former manager Russell Milton. Milton took charge of nine matches after the departure of Paul Buckle in February but a recent run of six games without a win has seen Cheltenham go bottom.

Moore added: “They have sat down as a board and looked at how they can lift the place.

“They have gone with a bit more experience and the response will be good from the crowd but to try and make the players you have got better in a short space of time is very hard.

“Before you know it, they will only have five games left.

“Then it becomes a lot harder.

“This weekend, for them and us, is so, so important,” added Moore, who said his Pools side have sent a “shiver” down the spine of their rivals at the foot of League Two.

He added: “I guarantee a lot of them will have thought there is only one place to play for.

“We didn’t think that and kept plugging away.”