Ronnie Moore insists the character of his new signings is just as important as their technical ability as he looks to revamp his Hartlepool United side.
The experienced Pools boss was quick to highlight the squad’s lack of leadership when he first took charge back in December.
The younger players forget how to communicate, that is the big thing, and dressing rooms are too quiet these days.Ronnie Moore, Pools manager
And after guiding the League Two side to safety, against all the odds, bringing in more vocal leaders is top of his summer shopping list.
But the 62-year-old admits they are a dying breed, with the younger generation of players far too quiet for his liking.
Moore, who has already added 21-year-old striker Rakish Bingham to his ranks ahead of the new League Two campaign, would like to add a further eight new signings, with half of those experienced campaigners as he looks to avoid a repeat of last season.
“You always have to look at a player’s character when you are looking to bring someone in,” Moore told SportMail.
“Last season we were a very quiet team – too quiet for my liking – and we want to bring in some experience and some vocal leaders, that is really important.
“But it is difficult as they are hard to come by and those types of leaders are a dying breed.
“Your leaders are usually aged 32 or 33, somewhere in that age bracket, and you get the young ones that are into these stupid golf and computer games, playing other people who are hundreds of miles away.”
Moore, who has a wealth of experience from his time at Oldham, Rotherham and Tranmere Rovers, believes communication is key in the dressing room, training field and on matchdays.
And he wants to see the younger members of his squad come out of their shells before the new season starts on Saturday, August 8.
Moore and assistant Sam Collins have eight friendlies lined-up, the details of which are yet to be released, plus an Army training camp at Catterick Garrison as part of their pre-season schedule.
The exercises will be based around both boosting fitness and team bonding and Moore says the squad cannot just rely on him and his Number Two to rally the side in times of trouble.
Moore added: “The younger players forget how to communicate, that is the big thing, and dressing rooms are too quiet these days.
“They are that quiet that they cannot even talk to each other properly.
“We have to improve that side.
“We need four or five leaders, players that want to crack the whip and not just leave it down to me and Sam to do it all the time.”