Ronnie Moore reveals why he is sticking with 3-5-2 system at Hartlepool

Hartlepool United manager Ronnie Moore looking on from the side line during their 5-3 loss away to Gateshead. Picture by FRANK REID

Hartlepool United manager Ronnie Moore looking on from the side line during their 5-3 loss away to Gateshead. Picture by FRANK REID

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Ronnie Moore has no plans to ditch the 3-5-2 formation - insisting it is the players, not systems that matter.

League Two Pools have played the formation all pre-season, with Moore keen on a back three of Dan Jones, Scott Harrison and Harry Worley with summer signings Jake Carroll and Carl Magnay in the wing-back roles.

At this level it is the players who matter, not the system.

Ronnie Moore, Pools boss

It is a system familiar to Pools, the club playing it for much of last season under Moore as they successfully battled against the drop.

But it has come under fire after back-to-back defeats against Scunthorpe United and Gateshead - with nine goals conceded in the process.

Moore - who remains on the look out for a new centre-back to put “pressure” on his back three - is adamant 3-5-2 can work for Pools.

And he says hard work on the training ground will result in his players getting a better “understanding” of their roles within the system.

“We played 4-4-2 last year and couldn’t cope with it,” Moore told SportMail.

“Teams were over-running us in midfield and then we went 3-5-2 and did really well, before getting caught out a bit.

“At this level it is the players who matter, not the system.

“It is about the players understanding.

“Sometimes they don’t understand 4-4-2 or 3-5-2 but that is why we got them.

“If they knew everything, they wouldn’t be with me at this present moment in time.”

Carroll, Magnay and Worley are all new additions defensively and Moore knows that it may take time for the back three and wing backs to gel as a unit.

But he is confident the players he has added to the squad can all play the system to good affect.

Moore added: “We have two new wing-backs who are adjusting to the role and a centre-half who is new to the other two who are playing in there.

“They have both been full backs before but can play wing back and get forward.

“We used this system last year and for me it is about the players.”

Despite adding 10 new faces at Victoria Park - so far - this summer, Moore remains on the look out for further signings, with the loan market also available to him.

A winger remains his top priority but he is also keen on boosting his defensive options, if the opportunity arises.

Matthew Bates has been deployed in central defence and as the holding midfielder in some of the friendly matches so far this pre-season.

But Moore doesn’t see the ex-Middlesbrough and Bradford defender as an “out-and-out” centre-half.

“I am still looking for a winger and a centre back to put pressure on the back three,” added Moore.

“At this present time, Batesy [Matthew Bates] can do the job in there but is not an out-and-out centre back.”