Move over Boy George, Hartlepool United boss Ronnie Moore wants to discover The Voice

Scott Harrison in action for Hartlepool United against Cambridge United. Picture by FRANK REID
Scott Harrison in action for Hartlepool United against Cambridge United. Picture by FRANK REID

If you thought ‘The Voice’ was finished, think again.

It may have left our TV screens, but Ronnie Moore is desperately seeking one for his Hartlepool United show.

We need a mouth in there, someone to guide Scotty, to guide Boycey


After the promise of a clean sheet against Cambridge United and a 2-1 win at Yeovil Town, things have gone horribly wrong at Pools.

They were given a tough time by Bristol Rovers, who won 3-0 at Victoria Park, before losing 4-1 at home to Luton Town.

Moore had been looking for a winger or box-to-box midfielder – and he still is – but the last 180 minutes have prompted him to seek out a central defender.

And one not afraid to open his gob!

Scott Harrison and Andrew Boyce have had their good times this season and conceding seven times is not down to them.

But Moore knows getting it right at the heart of the defence is a start and while Harrison and Boyce are not lacking in size, they need guidance.

Last season, Moore brought in David Mirfin on loan from Scunthorpe United and he played a key role in the transformation made by Moore.

Alas, there is no Mirfin this time. He is at the heart of the Iron defence.

Moore thought he had someone of his ilk who he hoped to bring in yesterday, only for the planned move to fall through.

“I’ve tried and tried and tried to strengthen,” shrugged Moore.

“The chairman has backed me, he’s said ‘go and get what you need’.

“We thought we had an experienced guy but that’s been pulled from under our feet.

“He’d have been decent for us, someone in the Mirf mould, someone who would come in and talk and make us better.

“We’ll keep digging, keep asking, sooner or later there must be something out there we can get.”

Moore added: “We need a mouth in there, someone to guide Scotty, to guide Boycey.

“Andrew should be louder, he’s been a League One player, who knows what it’s all about, played 20-odd games last season.

“We need to be talkative at the back, if you are not, then we are going to create our own problems.

“We know the problems and we keep looking to get players in – on that front it’s been two weeks of hell.

“There are a lot of young lads out there, a few 18 and 19-year-olds we could gamble on.

“But I don’t think we are in that position to put in someone like that and hope they come good and develop them.

“We need experience, but that experience is difficult to get.”

Moore feels the recent defeats are not a problem over formation or shape.

“Pre-season we had defensive problems and I feel it’s all down to individual errors,” said the manager. “You can’t legislate for that.

“Players have held their hands up for the mistakes. We work so hard in training in defensive situations and they have taken it on board, but seven goals at home in two games in a week says something isn’t right.

“It was the whole team against Bristol when no one played well or came out with any credit.

“But against Luton we had some tremendous performances and it was gut-wrenching to lose 4-1.

“It’s not one person making the error, it’s not as if the keeper has thrown three in or the centre-half has made the mistake.

“It’s three or four different people who have been at fault – if it’s one person making the mistakes, out he comes and someone else goes in.

“But, at this present time, every lapse we have we are getting punished for.

“It’s no good feeling sorry for ourselves, we need to roll up our sleeves and we need that togetherness we have as a unit.”

Moore wants to see a response from one of yhis summer signings – Jake Carroll.

The ex-Huddersfield full-back has had an assist or two, the most recent coming at Yeovil , where his free-kick was headed in by Scott Fenwick.

But Moore is calling for more from the Irishman.

“We need Jake to come alive,” he said.

“I don’t think either myself, or the supporters, have seen the best of him.

“He has got great ability, great pace, but he has to start showing it.”