Comment: Ronnie Moore deserves the freedom of Hartlepool after keeping club in Football League

Ronnie Moore celebrates survival
Ronnie Moore celebrates survival

ALL hail King Ronnie Moore.

Can you believe it? Has it sunk in yet?

Ronnie Moore and staff celebrate survival after 2-1 win over Exeter City

Ronnie Moore and staff celebrate survival after 2-1 win over Exeter City

Hartlepool United have achieved what appeared the unthinkable less than two months ago when the club was 10 points adrift.

They have survived relegation from the Football League and even managed it with a game to go.

Victoria Park was bouncing on Saturday afternoon, the fans have certainly played their part in recent months and the players kept up their end of the bargain.

It was an immense, all-round team display.

Scott Harrison in action for Hartlepool United

Scott Harrison in action for Hartlepool United

From front to back, there were no weak links in the Pools 11.

Jordan Hugill and Scott Fenwick set the tone up front while Scott Harrison was immense at the back.

He picked up two awards on the pitch before the game, supporters’ and players’ player of the year awards.

And he capped that with a MOM display.

Reading loanee Aaron Tshibola also stepped up the mark, when his teammates needed it the most.

Pools deserved the win and they deserved to stay in the Football League.

It was a tight, rollercoaster ride over the past few weeks but they did it and manager Moore deserves all the credit in the world.

He came in mid-December, managed to get through a failed takeover bid, and with support from owners IOR brought in some key loan players.

The likes of David Mirfin, Tshibola, Ryan Bird, Jordan Hugill, Rakish Bingham have all played their part in the turnaround.

But the manager sets the tone and for what he had to put up with after being sacked by Tranmere Rovers, he deserves it.

Pools fans want to see him given the keys to the town, the freedom of Hartlepool, a knighthood.

He’d probably settle for the manager of the season award.

Mind, after missing out on the manager of the month gong, he may have to make do with being adored by everyone in Hartlepool.

He won’t ever have to pay for a drink again.

Moore did it. The players did it. They achieved the Greatest of Great Escapes.

Promotion next year anyone?