Out-of-work Ronnie Moore offers lending hand to Hartlepool United and Craig Harrison

Great Escape boss Ronnie Moore has offered to help Hartlepool United's Craig Harrison in his hour of need - but only if he feels he needs an experienced hand on deck.

Monday, 22nd January 2018, 1:10 pm
Updated Monday, 22nd January 2018, 1:15 pm
Ronnie Moore celebrates the Great Escape

Pools have not won a game since November 21 - a now very distant 4-0 hammering of Halifax Town.

And having taken in the 2-0 loss to Wrexham from the Victoria Park press box, Moore says he is there if the club comes calling again.

Hartlepool United boss Craig Harrison

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"It is hard for him," Moore said of Harrison’s situation.

"I have sympathy for Craig. It is very difficult to get things going in the dressing room when the players do not know of they can pay their mortgage.

"He has come out of Welsh football and this league is unforgiving. There are league clubs who have been here years - it took Lincoln City six years to get out. That just goes to prove it is one of the hardest leagues to get out of in the world.

"He is maybe looking for a little bit of help. Maybe he needs a little bit of experience to help him along, because he doesn’t have that at this level. And hopefully whoever comes in will allow him to do that.

Gary Coxall with Ronnie Moore

"I am always looking to get back into work."

It seems like a lifetime since Pools did the unthinkable and kept their Football League status at the last gasp in 2014/15 under Moore.

But it’s a moment that will forever be etched in the memory for Moore and Pools.

Hartlepool United boss Craig Harrison

"This place will always have a special place in my heart," he said.

"I just wanted to show my support to them.

"It is sad for me. To keep them up was fantastic but devastating to see the team drop out of the league 18 months later.

"What we did here felt like a promotion. It was the same feeling."

Gary Coxall with Ronnie Moore

Moore has never been a one to shy away from a challenge, but he knows that anyone who comes in at the top at the Vic, with a potential takeover looming, has a massive job on their hands.

"It is a big job for whoever comes to this football club. And I hope whoever comes in, comes in for the right reasons," he said.

"Gary [Coxall] came in, then Pam [Duxbury] - you have to be football people.

"I don’t think they’ll go down, but they need to be heading in the right direction.

"People used to moan about Ken [Hodcroft] when he was here. To be fair to Ken he was fantastic to the club.

"Lets hope whoever comes in can get it right."

On this current Pools side, it’s fair to say Moore was less than impressed, although he stopped short of being too critical.

He feels Harrison needs to try and coax the best of Jake Cassidy, who Moore had at Tranmere, by giving him more support.

"I don’t want to criticise the manager but I saw a lot of going backwards and keeping possession," he said of Pools show at the Vic on Saturday.

"They didn’t make the opposition make mistakes. If you don’t do that you won’t win games.

"Some people complain about styles of football at times but there is no doubt the teams at the top are direct with big lads at the back and the front.

"At the moment, Pools do not have that.

"Maybe they need to go 4-4-2, or just switch things up a little.

"Cassidy is a good player. He has a thankless task up there by himself.

"This football club has not seen the best of Cassidy yet and I’m not sure they will with him in this system. He needs someone who can run beyond him."