Hartlepool won’t just play hoofball, insists Ronnie Moore

Jake Carroll
Jake Carroll

Hartlepool United have to be adaptable this season – but Ronnie Moore insists the aim will be to play attractive football.

Moore is preparing his squad for another rough and tumble 46-game League Two season, with the experienced 62-year-old knowing sides have to be able to battle.

Last season Pools were out-muscled at times with Stevenage, in particular, bullying the Victoria Park outfit into submission.

Moore has looked to add more height and pace to his squad over the summer ahead of the new season kicking off on August 8, with the visit of Morecambe.

And while the former Oldham and Tranmere Rovers boss will aim to entertain supporters with attractive, free-flowing football, he knows his side is in for 10-months of hard graft.

“We always want to play football,” said Moore.

“For some reason people always say I want to hoof it but I don’t know where that has come from – probably Oldham Athletic supporters from my time there.

“They think that is why I have a bad neck, watching them high balls!

“If it is on, then we will play but you have to be able to adapt at this level.

“It can be Land of the Giants some weeks and you have to match them. There aren’t many teams who want to play football at this level.

“And to be fair there aren’t that many teams who get out of this league playing football, with the exception of Burton. Bury also tried to play football.

“That is why we need the wingers in so we can adapt.

“But we are certainly capable of playing football.”

Among Moore’s summer signings were Jake Carroll, comfortable at left-back and in the wing-back role, and Carl Magnay, who can play across the back line and is comfortable on the ball.

Carroll, 23, was released by Huddersfield Town at the end of the 2014-15 campaign following a two-year stay with The Terriers.

Born in London, Carroll was brought up near Dublin where he made his name with St Patrick’s Athletic for whom he gained experience in the Europa League in 2012, while Magnay joined Pools from Conference side Grimsby Town.

And Moore believes they will prove to be two key additions this summer.

He added: “The squad is bigger this year, we have gone for height and the two wing-backs in Jake and Carl are 6ft plus.

“It gives us a bigger and stronger squad.

“We got beat up against Stevenage last year and we are hopeful that doesn’t happen with the size of the squad and the pace we have now got.”