Ronnie Moore will manage his way at Hartlepool United

Hartlepool United Manager Ronnie Moore. Picture by FRANK REID
Hartlepool United Manager Ronnie Moore. Picture by FRANK REID

RONNIE Moore insists he will not change his approach to management as he looks to get Hartlepool United out of the mire.

The 61-year-old has more than 900 games experience in the dugout having previously managed at Tranmere Rovers, Rotherham United and Oldham Athletic.

But he is facing arguably his toughest challenge yet.

Whatever happens in the coming weeks and months he is adamant he will be doing it his way at Pools, who are rock bottom of the Football League.

Moore told SportMail: “I’ve come in and I’m myself – I’ll never change.

“I am who I am and I won’t pretend to be anyone else.

“I’ve told the players I don’t have a magic wand but I can train them and prepare them in the knowledge that I can help them.

“Just because of who I am and my experience, it doesn’t give us a divine right to win a game.

“I can get the players together and get the spirit right and that is important.

“I have had teams in the past that weren’t the best but they had that spirit you need to fight.

“If you can get your team, as a group, together you can be unbeatable and beat the best.

“The trick is to get them believing which can be difficult because we have a lot of players – and as a group – that are mentally not strong enough.

“That’s the hard part – how do you get into a players’ mind to make them better on that front?

“People say it’s a generation thing and there’s not many leaders now at any level.

“Most teams at this level have experienced players who have played a lot of games but they are quiet as well.

“In our day we had a scrap in the dressing room at half-time and got on with it!

“The manager didn’t have to say anything because the players came in and sorted it out themselves.

“Now they need music on before the game because they can’t talk to each other.

“Every club you go to it’s boom, boom, bang, bang – home music, away music.

“Jelly beans before games! I could never do that before a game.

“It was steak and chips for me, which was a bit different!”

Things have clearly changed a lot since Moore was playing but one thing hasn’t changed and that is his will to win.

Moore is adamant it is not impossible for Pools to stay up this season but he insists they must stick together and firmly believe they have what it takes to survive.

Pools travelled to Mansfield Town today before hosting Morecambe at Victoria Park on Sunday (KO 3pm) and with a cut-price ticket offer another bumper crowd is expected.

“The crowd will be bigger and noisier and they all want survival - we need to be playing league football,” added Moore.

“Hartlepool United needs to be playing in the Football League.

“If you shift down to the Conference it’s hard to get back – look at the teams down there.

“It’s not impossible but we have to make sure as a group - and the group who come in to help us from January onwards - that we are good enough and strong enough to stay in the division.”