New deals for Ronnie Moore and Sam Collins show our belief in them, says Hartlepool chairman

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

Hartlepool United chairman Gary Coxall said it was vital to secure Ronnie Moore and his assistant Sam Collins to new longer contracts.

Moore’s original contract was due to run out in December but Coxall and new owners JPNG moved to tie the pair down to new deals.

It was announced on the eve of the new season and Coxall says it gave the club a perfect lift ahead of the opening day win over Morecambe.

“There didn’t need to be wholesale changes at the club but we needed to throw a lot of belief into the management side,” said Coxall.

“And we have done that with the new contracts.

“We will let them get on with it, because they know their stuff and there is no need for us to get involved and meddle. It is quite simple, they do their thing and we do ours.

“Ronnie and Sam have been superb and through all the years we have been in business I have never known two parties so keen to get something done.

“The only reason for the slight delay was pre-season and it was just a matter of time.”

Coxall praised former chairman Ken Hodcroft - who was watching the match from the stands - and previous owners Increased Oil Recovery.

He added: “They ran the club well, it had just got to the point where they couldn’t take it any further. We have come on with new ideas and new plans.”

Talks are ongoing over the ownership of the ground with Hartlepool Borough Council, while Coxall again reiterated they want to improve the matchday experience and have no plans to move from Victoria Park.

Moore added: “It was offered, it’s no relief to sign it, I was happy to have the opportunity and me and Sam are here a bit longer now hopefully! The staff are settled, the squad is coming together and the big thing is calming everyone down.”