Ronnie Moore deflects praise in Hartlepool United revival

SOMETHING TO CELEBRATE: Brad Walker celebrates his goal for Hartlepool United during their 2-1 home victory over Cambridge United Picture by FRANK REID
SOMETHING TO CELEBRATE: Brad Walker celebrates his goal for Hartlepool United during their 2-1 home victory over Cambridge United Picture by FRANK REID

RONNIE Moore has taken a lot of plaudits since guiding Hartlepool United out of the drop zone for the first time in five months.

But he insists it is “not all about me” and has heaped praise on his backroom staff at Victoria Park for their help in the recent revival.

Sam Collins has done a fantastic job and we have a great backroom staff in Craig, Marty and Buster

RONNIE MOORE

Victory over Cambridge United lifted Pools out of the bottom two in Sky Bet League Two for the first time since October last year, a run stretching back 25 games.

The recent resurgence has seen the national spotlight shine on Pools, given they were nine points adrift of safety a fortnight ago.

Moore has been hailed for leading the team but he is keen to ensure his staff get the praise they deserve too, insisting it is a team effort.

Assistant manager Sam Collins, head physio Ian Gallager, kitman Martyn Brown and strength and conditioning coach Craig Hubbard have all played a major part in the recent upturn in results, according to Moore.

“We have given ourselves a great chance but it is not all about me,” said Moore.

“Sam Collins has done a fantastic job and we have a great backroom staff in Craig, Marty and Buster [Gallagher].

“It isn’t down to one man, it is a collection of the backroom staff and having the players to do it. The loan players have come in and helped a lot and we have a fantastic spirit among the group.”

The spirit was again on show at the final whistle on Saturday, once referee Andy Haines had blown his whistle after eight minutes of added-on time.

Moore, his staff and the subs bench all came together to celebrate victory – the fourth consecutive win – on the pitch.

But Moore said they are not getting carried away, with Pools a point above the drop zone with seven games to play.

Instead, he said the wild celebrations have simply become a “ritual” among his staff, to celebrate victories and thank fans for their ongoing support.

“We celebrated at the end but we’ve done that every time we’ve won here, so it’s not like ‘Ooh look what’s happened’,” said Moore.

“It’s actually become a ritual, if you like, that we celebrate victory. No other reason.

“As it happens, we’ve won four on the trot. It’s not about us getting carried away, it’s a celebration in a way to thank the crowd for their support too.”