Hartlepool chairman gives '100-per-cent' backing to Ronnie Moore with new signings due at The Vic

Gary Coxall, Hartlepool United chairman
Gary Coxall, Hartlepool United chairman

Hartlepool United chairman Gary Coxall says Ronnie Moore has his full support ahead of new signings arriving at The Vic this month.

Pools have struggled this season and are currently 21st in League Two, four points above the drop zone but with three games in hand over some sides in the table.

Ronnie Moore, Hartlepool United manager

Ronnie Moore, Hartlepool United manager

Moore, appointed manager in December 2014, masterminded the club's Great Escape last season to keep Pools in the Football League and signed a new long-term deal in the summer.

This season started well, with four straight wins in the league and Capital One Cup but Pools have fallen away since then, with Moore facing criticism from some sections of the Pools support.

But chairman Coxall has given his full backing to experienced Moore in a New Year's Day address to supporters on the club's website - adding he wants the club to move away from their reputation of making "multiple managerial changes".

And he has confirmed Moore and assistant Sam Collins will be supported in the transfer market this month, with the pair having spent the past week scouting several targets in non-league matches with a new striker a priority.

Coxall wrote: "I would like to thank the players for their efforts during the past twelve months; at times I think it would be fair to say that our performances have not been rewarded with the results they have deserved this season but hopefully that will change in the coming twelve months.

"We've emerged from a frustrating spell without games over Christmas which was so disappointing; we all look forward to festive football and to have our schedule completely wiped out due to weather was hard to take for both supporters and for the staff and players.

"Hopefully what that means is that we feel fresh going in to 2016 and that little break from matches will have helped re-charge the batteries to have a real go at things during what will be a busy second half of the campaign.

"I want to make it clear that we continue to give our 100% backing to Ronnie Moore as he looks to ensure that results and performances improve during the coming twelve months.

"Our full faith remains with Ronnie and Sam, and I think it's very important that we try to move away from the reputation of being a club who makes multiple managerial changes.

"Ronnie will be given that backing again during January: we know that he and his backroom staff have been working extremely hard to identify transfer targets that can come in and improve the squad further when the window opens.

"That marks an exciting time for me and the club generally and we'll continue to persevere on the transfer front though we have to accept that sometimes it can be frustrating if potential deals fall through.

"Rest assured, we’ll be doing everything we can to do the business we want to."

The Pools chairman thanked the supporters for their backing since JPNG took charge from IOR in the summer adding he has been "genuinely humbled" by the warmth of the welcome.

His highlight was the Great Escape, which saw Pools claw back an 11-point gap to safety to secure their league status with a game to spare.

Pools have three games in hand after the Boxing Day game with Notts County at The Vic fell victim to the weather, while the game against Carlisle United on Bank Holiday Monday had already been postponed due to flooding.

Coxall added: "As we move in to 2016 this is a time for us push on up the League Two table.

"Let’s not worry about the teams who are below us in the table, but instead get the job done ourselves and start putting pressure on those above us.

"I would like to end by also thanking all the Academy staff, coaches, backroom staff, office staff, stewards and everybody else who works so hard for the football club."

Meanwhile, Derby County have sold out their entire allocation for the FA Cup Third Round tie against Pools at Victoria Park on Saturday, January 9 (KO 3pm).

The two clubs agreed reduced prices and The Rams announced earlier this week that they had now sold out their whole quota of tickets.