Ronnie Moore ‘thankful’ for the backing of Hartlepool United owners

Hartlepool United manager Ronnie Moore.
Hartlepool United manager Ronnie Moore.

Ronnie Moore today said a big thank-you to his ‘gaffer’ after revealing Hartlepool United’s shopping spree is still not over.

The Pools boss was into double figures on the signing front during the summer.

“He’s allowed us to go out and bring loan players in to strengthen the areas which needed strengthening.

And since the start of the season he has made five loan signings, Andrew Boyce, Brad Halliday, Luke Hendrie, Jason Banton and Magnus Okuonghae, though only the latter three are still at Pools.

Injuries and suspensions have forced Moore’s hand in the loan market after being without three right-backs at the same time, Michael Duckworth (hamstring), Carl Magnay (suspended) and Jordan Richards (back).

Centre-half Harry Worley, signed in the summer from Stevenage, is on the long-term absentee list with an ankle problem.

As SportMail reported yesterday, Moore accepts Okuonghae will not be with Pools for long.

It will not stop the Pools boss leaning on old friend, Luton Town boss John Still, to extend the 29-year-old’s stay.

But Moore will continue to look for players after chairman Gary Coxall and owners, JPNG, backed the boss.

“We still have to look at strengthening,” Moore told SportMail. “That’s where the chairman has been brilliant with us.

“He’s allowed us to go out and bring loan players in to strengthen the areas which needed strengthening.

“We’re thankful for that.”

Moore re-shaped the Pools squad over the summer, bringing in 12 players before August was finished.

Some of his signings have been beauties while he is still waiting for a few to, use an old cliche, come to the party.

Moore has been around football long enough to know that not every signing will be a gem.

“You have to bear in mind that two of the players in the team at the moment are not ours,” explained Moore, whose side were today taking on Crawley Town at Victoria Park.

“It hasn’t all been rosy.

“The players we’ve brought in have not all performed to the best of their ability.

“You are lucky if you get 10, 11, 12 players who come in and they all knit together and everything is hunky-dory.

“When we won three on the spin, people may be thought it was.

“But, football being football, you can get a slap in the face.

“That’s why we’re thankful to the chairman and owners for backing us when we’ve had to strenthen weak areas.”