Moore has Mr Hartlepool United to assist him

Sam Collins. Picture by FRANK REID
Sam Collins. Picture by FRANK REID

RONNIE Moore will have Mr Hartlepool United – Sam Collins – to assist him as he begins the job of trying to save the club from the dreaded drop.

The centre-half and former captain, with a quarter of a century of appearances for Pools, has been appointed as assistant manager.

Collins has twice operated as caretaker boss this season following the exits of Colin Cooper and Paul Murray and worked closely with Cooper while running the reserve team.

It has been a hectic and stressful time for the 37-year-old but he is relishing the opportunity of teaming up with Moore.

“I’ve been doing stuff on the coaching side for the last two years and combining it with playing,” said big Sam.

“This season I’ve done more and more [coaching] and when the two managers have left I’ve been placed in charge as well.

“I have a good feel for it and I love it.

“Obviously, it’s not been great but from an experience point of view and doing the amount of jobs I’ve done I’ve really enjoyed it.

“Now I have the opportunity to work with Ronnie who comes with all this experience and years in the game.

“He’s had 900 games and if I can’t learn from someone like him then there is something wrong.

“That’s what I intend to do, I’m looking forward to learning from him and working with him.”

Collins believes Moore can get Pools winning again having had discussions with his new gaffer.

“We’ve had a good few long chats and spoke about different things,” said the Yorkshireman.

“I understand what he wants and I know what he expects so we’ve got to make sure we get all these messages over to the players.

“They are the one who have got to go out and do what we want them to do.

“He’s my third different manager this season.

“And while different managers have different ideas but football doesn’t really change, it’s all about winning games.

“You can talk about playing this way or that way all you want but if you are winning, everything takes care of itself.

“Winning, that’s what it’s all about.”

Collins was in charge for last week’s surrender at Burton but he believes the arrival of new owners TMH and Moore will provide an instant lift the club needs

“Last week we did a helluva lot of work and I was really confident going into Saturday,” he said.

“But what’s happened has gone now and we’re in a new era, new owners and new manager in Ronnie with me as his assistant.

“It’s now time we kicked on. We have more than enough games to turn it around. I’ll be doing everything I can to get us out of this situation.”