RONNIE Moore is relishing his time at Hartlepool United because he is now managing a club where nobody “interferes” with his decisions.
The 62-year-old took over in mid-December following an eight-month spell out of work after being sacked by Tranmere Rovers for breaching betting rules, a decision that “astounded” him.
Since I have been at the club the chairman has been fantastic with meRonnie Moore
His appointment at Pools was unveiled on the same day TMH 2014 were announced as the club’s new owners before the plug was eventually pulled on the takeover six weeks later after serious concerns were raised by IOR.
They remain in charge and chairman Ken Hodcroft has been praised by Moore for his ongoing backing as the Pools manager attempts to keep the club in the Football League.
Since January, the owners have funded loan moves for Aaron Tshibola, David Mirfin, Ryan Bird, Jordan Jones, Jordan Hugill, Marvin Morgan, while former Sunderland defender Scott Harrison, Ebby Nelson-Addy and Nicky Featherstone have all signed permanent contracts with the club.
Hodcroft and IOR, who keep a low profile, have been criticised in some quarters for the way the club was being run prior to the proposed takeover.
But ahead of today’s Sky Bet League Two crunch match at York City, Moore says the club would have been in a “dire” situation had Hodcroft walked away from Pools.
Moore told SportMail: “I’m now at a club where no one interferes and you are allowed to get on with the job, some of the backing I have had from the chairman here has been immense.
“We have got loans in no problem and everything I have asked for has been there, which has been nice.
“I can only speak as I find people and since I have been at the club the chairman has been fantastic with me and whatever I have needed we have got.
“I don’t know too much of what has gone on in the past but without Ken this club would have been in a dire situation.
“He could easily have left and let somebody else have taken the reins.”
The proposed takeover collapsed following serious concerns within the club’s hierarchy about TMH’s long-term plans for the club.
Those concerns were serious enough to call it off six weeks after it was first announced, with Hodcroft saying the decision was taken with the interest of the club in mind.
It was a turbulent time, not least for Moore, who was battling to keep the club up.
But he was just grateful to be back working after being axed by Tranmere - who are second bottom and a point below Pools with five games to go.
Moore added: “If we were top of the league I would still be there, there’s no doubt about it. “Tranmere had just got out of the bottom four and then this nonsense broke out and then I was on gardening leave. It astounded me.
“It’s just unfortunate at the minute that this club and Tranmere are fighting each other but I was just glad to be working again.
“I know Tranmere would not have gone down because I had a feeling we were on the turn at the time and now they are in trouble again at this present time.
“Maybe the decision a certain person made at that club is not as beneficial as it might have been.
“For me, it was an easy way out of £130,000 because when you get sacked for gross misconduct, there is no pay-off, that was it.
“But it’s gone and it’s history.”