Pools boss Ronnie reaping the benefits from loan system

Jake Gray made a huge impact in last week's win over Leyton Orient
Jake Gray made a huge impact in last week's win over Leyton Orient

Ronnie Moore is happy with his role of loan ranger at Hartlepool United.

The Pools boss has brought in NINE loan players this season and all, bar Wycombe winger Jason Banton, have made some form of impact.

His most recent acquisitions have all clicked, with Jake Gray, Mikael Mandron and Kal Naismith all making big contributions in last weekend’s 3-1 win over Leyton Orient.

Gray scored twice in the televised win over the O’s, with Sunderland forward Mandron having an assist in the Crystal Palace midfielder’s first and Portsmouth winger Naismith’s delicious through ball setting up the final goal.

Banton was sent home to Wycombe early, while Magnus Okuonghae also finished ahead of schedule because of injury, though Moore would like the Luton defender back.

Moore is pleased with his picks and thanked owners JPNG and chairman Gary Coxall for letting him brighten up the squad at a stage when Pools were stuttering.

“Bringing new players can freshen the place up,” said the manager.

“If we’d have carried on with what we had then nothing would have changed.

“The squad needed a lift, something to get things going again.

“It’s not too bad when you have one or two not playing to the best of their ability, but when you have four or five it becomes really hard.

“That’s why we’ve brought new players in and the chairman has been brilliant allowing us to do that.

“I thought on Sunday you could see the players we’ve brought in have handled the situation really well.”

Moore did admit luck has a big say in how things work, especially if he and his coaching staff do not know the players well.

“It’s hard to pick loan players, because you know what they are like as a player as you have watched them with your own eyes,” he said.

“But you don’t know what they are like as a player and a person until you get them in.

“You can ask people in the game and find out about them, but it’s hard at times.

“Under-21s are harder as they’ve not had much experience themselves.

“Sometimes it works with loan players, sometimes it doesn’t.

“We had it with the winger [Banton], an experienced lad and it didn’t quite work for us.

“But then we bring a young kid in from Palace and he’s got goals and made an impact.

“It’s getting the prayer mat out and hoping you have got it right.”