Hartlepool United manager Ronnie Moore in line to be top boss

Hartlepool United manager Ronnie Moore has been nominated for manager of the month.
Hartlepool United manager Ronnie Moore has been nominated for manager of the month.

RONNIE Moore has always said he would need to win the manager of the month award if his Hartlepool United side were to stand a chance of staying up.

Well the Pools boss has another chance of scooping the gong after being nominated for Sky Bet League Two manager of the month for March.

And it could be a double celebration at the end of the week after no-nonsense centre back Scott Harrison was shortlisted for player of the month.

It is the second time that Moore has been nominated for the monthly award since taking charge at Pools, losing out in January to Northampton Town boss Chris Wilde.

The latest nomination follows a remarkable revival in recent weeks.

Pools were staring relegation in the face less than four weeks ago, nine points adrift before the 1-0 win at Morecambe which sparked a four-game winning streak including Oxford United away (2-0), Mansfield Town (1-0) and Cambridge United (2-1).

The incredible upturn in results has seen Pools move out of the danger zone – for the first time since October – to third bottom, where they currently sit with five matches of the campaign remaining.

Moore is competing against Burton Albion’s Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Bury’s David Flitcroft and Wycombe Wanderers’ Gareth Ainsworth.

From five games in March, Hasselbaink’s table topping Burton picked up an impressive 13 points.

Flitcroft, meanwhile, has built a solid foundation to mount a late push towards the automatic spots in Sky Bet League Two with Bury.

They currently sit fourth following three clean sheets in five games, four or which were victories.

Wycombe, third in League Two, made light work of a difficult looking March fixture list and finished the month with 14 points from six unbeaten matches.

A judging panel will assess each of the candidates this week.

The winners will be announced this Friday, April 10.