Hartlepool United boss Ronnie Moore brushes off pressure insisting it’s all part of the job

Ronnie Moore.
Ronnie Moore.

Ronnie Moore knows hows to handle pressure – pulling off last season’s great escape is proof of that.

And the Hartlepool United boss is adamant that management and players at Victoria Park are not panicking in the current winless League Two run.

I’ve been in the game long enough to know and understand how to handle it.

Pools went into today’s 14th against 12th match with Cambridge United at the Vic having lost four in a row in the division.

Moore says pressure is part of the job, but says the mentallity is right.

“Football is about pressure from playing, to coaching to management,” he said.

“I’ve been in the game long enough to know and understand how to handle it.

“The lads have been fantastic.

“I let them know when they’ve not been so good and I let the know when they have done well.

“We have been unlucky (not to get results) but if we keep playing like we have been then it changes.

“We’ve got to keep in that frame of mind, that attitude, desire and commitment they have shown.”

Moore though admits he has learned one lesson this week.

As Pools search for potential new signings, they played five trialists in the reserve league match with Notts County, who won 10-2 at Billingham Town.

“I learned never to put five trialists in at the same time, that’s for sure!” said Moore.

“Harry (Worley) came off with a knock after five or six minutes and it was a very inexperienced side and I felt for them.

“You don’t expect to concede 10 goals in a reserve team game.

“What you do is you give them an opportunity to see if they are up to it, but we found they certainly weren’t.

“It’s a learning curve, even for me, I’ve never played five on trial at once, but we had five here so I thought ‘let’s see them’.

“But I don’t think it will happen again.

“We are still looking, I’ve inquired about players.”