That’s Rich: Ronnie Moore should be crowned manager of the season IF Hartlepool pull off Great Escape

Ronnie Moore, Hartlepool United boss.
Ronnie Moore, Hartlepool United boss.

IF – and it remains a big IF – Hartlepool United do pull off the greatest of Great Escapes, then there can be only one candidate for manager of the season.

He may have only been in post since mid-December but Ronnie Moore has stamped his character and authority on the club in impressive fashion.

A club that was drifting – or plummeting – into non-league.

But now there is finally some genuine hope that the points difference can be bridged after all.

With nine games to go, four points – five with the goal difference – is achievable. Let’s hope the players seize the opportunity and don’t let it slip.

When Moore arrived at Victoria Park he was quick to throw some hand grenades about the place.

Slamming the strikers, the defenders, the full-backs, etc etc, nobody was safe from his wrath.

Threats that the players would find themselves working in supermarkets from August didn’t seem to register initially, but in recent weeks the thought of stacking shelves obviously hasn’t appealed to the players.

They have reacted. Finally. But they have reacted.

Much-needed back-to-back wins was key and that has finally been achieved. Moore has signed good players – David Mirfin, Scott Harrison (obviously known to the club already), Aaron Tshibola and Ryan Bird have all made an impact.

Rakish Bingham impressed during his short spell too, while Marvin Morgan at least notched the winner against Northampton Town.

Moore has a calmness about him as well as the ability to shout and bawl with the best of them.

There can be no other winner if Pools do stay up. Let’s hope it happens.

SCOTT Harrison became something of an internet star yesterday after the club released footage of him trying out the old vanishing spray mid-match.

To the amusement of his team-mates, Harrison took advantage of referee Patrick Miller’s misfortune in the 2-0 win at Oxford United.

Miller went down like a sack of spuds midway through the second-half, appearing to twist his knee as he turned on the turf at the Kassam Stadium.

Struck down with agony, Neil Austin was first to the scene.

He noticed the ref’s magic spray had fallen from his belt and handed it to Harrison.

The ex-Sunderland defender didn’t think twice about drawing a line around the official, mimicking the way they mark out free-kicks (see picture above).

Something all professionals have been wanting to do since they introduced vanishing spray in the first place!

You can see the video by clicking here.

THE club has taken the step of slashing ticket prices for tomorrow’s home match with Mansfield Town in a bid to pack the ground.

A welcome initiative for the long-suffering fans and it would be great to see the ground packed for the visit of the Stags.

A win could take Pools to within a point of safety. Just imagine that.

Perhaps the club could then slash ticket prices for the rest of the campaign too ...