Hartlepool United boss is Mr No-Nonsense

Oxford United score the equalising goal in the 1-1 draw with Hartlepool United. Picture by FRANK REID
Oxford United score the equalising goal in the 1-1 draw with Hartlepool United. Picture by FRANK REID

CAPTAIN Scott Flinders has given an insight into the new management regime at Hartlepool United under Ronnie “no-nonsense” Moore.

The Pools stopper admits he has rarely experienced a week like the past one which has seen the new manager come in alongside new owners TMH 2014 at the Clarence Road club.

And Moore has wasted no time stamping his authority on the struggling squad, who are seven points adrift at the bottom of the Football League going into a crucial festive period.

Under the 61-year-old, the squad have been put through their paces in 11 v 11 matches as Moore looks to get to know his players.

Flinders, who has retained the captain’s armband, told SportMail: “Everything that has happened before has gone now.

“The gaffer said whatever has gone on in the past has finished and we look to a new era and we take that forward into the festive period.

“The manager is no-nonsense, all we have done is 11 v 11 and he wants to get to know the players and their best position and their character.

“He has certainly got high standards, as you saw on Saturday against Oxford United.

“It was a fully committed performance and we looked more solid, especially at the back.

“We had one lapse of concentration from which they scored, but they didn’t really create anything else and, if we can improve on that and get a couple more goals, then there are promising signs.

“A win would have been ideal but the point stops the rot.

“We have good players in the squad and the manager has said he will be adding to it, those players here are just going through a hard patch at the moment.

“The ability is still there and once the first win comes you will see a different team.”

The players will be training at Maiden Castle tomorrow before travelling to Mansfield Town on Boxing Day ahead of Morecambe at Victoria Park two days later.

It is a busy and important time with Moore keen to cut the seven-point gap ahead of the transfer window opening.

Flinders is expecting a physical battle against The Stags, who Pools comfortably beat 4-1 away last season.

“Mansfield is going to be tough but we had a great win there last season,” added the Pools stopper.

“It will be a physical battle and we need to put ourselves on the line first and defend the box and then take the game to them.

“There were encouraging signs from the weekend and now we need to stand up to that battle.”

New owners TMH 2014 have pledged to invest in the team and boss Moore is looking to bring in four experienced new players when the January transfer window opens.

Flinders admits it is an exciting time for the club with the players keen to keep up the momentum gained off the pitch with their performances on it.

“It is a commonly used phrase that a week is a long time in football,” added Flinders.

“That has been especially true at Pools with the new manager and new owners coming in!

“It has put that negative feeling we all had following the Blyth Spartans FA Cup game into a positive, especially the timing of it just ahead of the Christmas period and the New Year starting.

“We have to look at it as a fresh start for everybody.”