Ronnie Moore not yet convinced who should take the captain’s armband at Hartlepool

Scott Harrison in action for Hartlepool United during their 4-0 home defeat at the hands of Scunthorpe United. Picture by FRANK REID
Scott Harrison in action for Hartlepool United during their 4-0 home defeat at the hands of Scunthorpe United. Picture by FRANK REID
Share this article

The captain’s armband is still up for grabs at Hartlepool United - with manager Ronnie Moore not yet convinced who should lead his side.

Defender Scott Harrison captained Pools in the heavy 4-0 defeat to League One Scunthorpe United but Moore admits he didn’t help his chances with his sloppy display.

Moore has backed the 21-year-old to bounce back quickly, while revealing he is yet to decide who will follow in the footsteps of last year’s skipper Scott Flinders.

Flinders left in the summer to join League Two rivals York City and Harrison remains a leading contender for the role.

But when asked whether Harrison as captain was a move Moore had decided on, he told SportMail: “No.

“And judging on how he played, probably not!

“Scott is better than that though and he knows he is.

“But these are pre-season games and they count for nothing, all they count for is helping towards your fitness.”

Moore isn’t short of candidates for the role of skipper though.

Harrison and playmaker Michael Woods have both previously been tipped as future captains by Moore, who has also added experienced campaigners Harry Worley and Carl Magnay to his squad.

Ex-Sunderland defender Harrison certainly wasn’t alone in having a poor game against Scunthorpe.

He was at fault though for the first of Scunthorpe’s four goals, losing possession, with the visitors taking full advantage as Paddy Madden opened the scoring.

The display quickly went downhill from there, with defensive partners Dan Jones and Worley also guilty of some sloppy defensive work.

Moore, while angry after the game, is keen to move on quickly from it ahead of the trip to Gateshead tomorrow (KO 3pm).

But he has called on the players to improve quickly ahead of the next friendly on home turf, when League One Chesterfield head to Victoria Park on August 1.

With the Pools boss keen for his new signings to make a mark on the home support.

“We all like to win and none of us like to lose, especially 4-0,” added Moore.

“I told them that we have a lot of new faces and the crowd had come to see the new faces.

“They will have gone home not too happy.

“The players have to earn their respect though.

“Against Chesterfield they have to come out and do it right because the side against Chesterfield won’t be too far off [the starting line-up] and they have to show what good players they are.

“It will be full 90 minutes for almost everybody unless there are any injuries.”