Ronnie Moore reveals why he DOESN’T think he’ll win manager of the season gong

Hartlepool United manager Ronnie Moore celebrating with his staff at the end of the game against Exeter City which saw Pools retain their Football League status. Picture by FRANK REID
Hartlepool United manager Ronnie Moore celebrating with his staff at the end of the game against Exeter City which saw Pools retain their Football League status. Picture by FRANK REID

RONNIE Moore doesn’t believe he will win the League Two manager of the season award – despite leading Hartlepool United to the Great Escape.

Pools sealed a dramatic turnaround with the 2-1 win over Exeter City at Victoria Park, a crucial win that saw Moore’s side go four points clear from the drop zone with just one game to go.

The club was 10 points adrift at the foot of Sky Bet League Two less than two months ago.

But goals from Scott Fenwick and Jordan Hugill against Exeter capped an incredible revival against all the odds, with Tranmere Rovers and Cheltenham Town heading into non-league.

Despite his heroics though, manager Moore doesn’t think he will win the annual award.

And he referred back to last month when he missed out on the March monthly award despite winning four straight matches – not that he’s bitter!

Moore told SportMail: “Manager of the year? I don’t think so.

“It usually goes to the league winner.

“Mind, it would be nice to get a manager of the month award – not that I’m bitter!

“But when you have Wycombe, Shrewsbury and Burton up there and we went and won four in a row, then I think someone had a mental block somewhere.

“I’m not bitter though, honest!”

Pools travel to Carlisle United on Saturday without the pressure of needing a result to stay in League Two.

The Exeter win proved enough after Tranmere were beaten away at Plymouth Argyle, while Cheltenham were beaten at home to title-chasing Shrewsbury Town.

Micky Mellon’s side are second in League Two and can still win the title, with Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s Burton Albion just two points ahead going into the final round of matches.

The Pools squad are enjoying a couple of days off before preparations begin in earnest for the last game of the season against Keith Curle’s Carlisle at Brunton Park.

Moore was a relieved man that there is nothing riding on the game.

Ahead of the Exeter match Pools had gone five games without a win but thanks to Tranmere and Cheltenham also struggling for form, Pools never dropped back into the relegation zone after eventually climbing out it at the end of last month.

“The other two were as bad as us and it’s very nervy in those situations and when they lost, we lost,” added Moore.

“Thankfully we didn’t drop into the bottom two again and we gave it all we have got [against Exeter].”