Ronnie Moore chases second England scalp for Hartlepool United at Teddy Sheringham’s Stevenage

Teddy Sheringham in his England days at  Euro 96 with Gazza
Teddy Sheringham in his England days at Euro 96 with Gazza

Ronnie Moore has already beaten one England legend this week – now he’s after the “scalp” of a second!

Hartlepool United travel to Stevenage in League Two tomorrow when they will come up against Teddy Sheringham (kick-off 3pm).

Stevenage have good players and sooner or later it will knit together for them


Sheringham, who won almost everything as a player, has made the move into management and taken charge of Boro.

It has been a difficult start for the former Man United and England striker, with just one point to date and 22nd place in the table.

That contrasts sharply with Ronnie Moore and Pools who have won all four games to date, the most recent being the 1-0 midweek success over Newport County, who are managed by 77-cap ex-England defender Terry Butcher.

“It will be nice for if we can get two England scalps in the same week,” said Moore, who will be looking to take advantage of Stevenage’s change of direction.

“But let’s make no bones about it, they will be decent.

“They have good players and sooner or later it will knit together for them.

“You won’t do it in three or four games, but I’m sure the board know what his plans are.

“Teddy plays that little diamond shape which is very hard at this level, because a lot of players aren’t good at it.

“You know what it’s like [at League Two], the ball’s going up in the air a lot.

“Teddy will learn and he’ll learn quickly, I’m sure.”

Moore has welcomed the Champions League winner

into the management game and is not that surprised he’s trtying his hand – despite all his medals and wealth.

“Sometimes it’s not enough,” he told SportMail.

“You think ‘I fancy that’ and you don’t know til you try if you are good enough to do it.

“It’s not going to be easy when you have been playing with good players at a good level all your career.

“He has to come and manage and it can get frustrating because the players you have got aren’t what you are used to being with all your life.

“Changing the way you play and the system it takes time.

“I’m sure Teddy will understand what it’s all about at this moment and once they click they will be decent.”

Moore will come face to face with a more familiar figure to him in the home dugout tomorrow - Sheringham’s assistant, Kevin Watson.

“Teddy has a great guy alongside him,” said Moore. “Kevin was my captain at Rotherham for a number of years.

“Fingers crossed they’ll be all right and I wish them all the best, but only after we’ve been there.”

For all Stevenage might be a work in progress - not unlike Pools - Moore is braced for a hard afternoon.

“Stevenage have one point but anyone can beat anyone at this level,” he said.

“It doesn’t matter who you are playing, they are all tough games.”