Hartlepool boss Ronnie Moore gets the backing of Sky Sports star Jeff Stelling

Ronnie Moore
Ronnie Moore

Jeff Stelling believes Hartlepool United have the best man in charge to ensure the club avoids another relegation battle.

And he has backed Ronnie Moore to bring in the players needed to push Pools towards the right end of the Sky Bet League Two table.

To keep Pools up with a run of results in the last 11 games was a fantastic achievement

Jeff Stelling

Hartlepool-born Stelling, who fronts Soccer Saturday, has stopped short of predicting a promotion push next season.

But he does believe Pools fans have a lot to look forward to over the coming campaign with the former Tranmere Rovers, Oldham and Rotherham United chief at the helm.

Stelling told SportMail: “I am a big Ronnie Moore cheerleader and think he has done brilliantly, to keep Pools up with the run of results in the final 11 games was a fantastic achievement.

“Keep that up over the season and you never know.

“Ronnie has the necessary experience and the loan players he brought in played a fantastic role for us, David Mirfin, Aaron Tshibola were different class and Jordan Hugill and Ryan Bird too.

“I haven’t got a clue what Ronnie will do but it will be interesting to see.

“I would have loved to have had Hugill back but with him being on the bench in the play-offs for Preston, I am not too sure.”

Against all the odds Pools, who were 10 points adrift at the start of March, stayed up with a game to spare in the end, meaning there was nothing riding on the season finale at Carlisle United.

Pools found themselves 3-0 down at half-time but fought back to draw 3-3 in an entertaining encounter.

Stelling says that showed there is a lot of spirit and character within the squad, with Moore looking to add further signings following the capture of Rakish Bingham.

He added: “I know some have gone and we will hopefully bring in quite a few. Ronnie is the man to mould them together, he knows the division inside out.

“There was no great surprises in the retained list but will one or two of them take the new deals on the terms they have been offered? That could be an issue but nobody could be surprised by who had gone. The big question now is who do you bring in?

“Usually 45 points wouldn’t be enough and a couple of seasons ago Barnet went down with 51 points. We have to make sure we are not in that position again.”