Ronnie Moore: We’ll get new blood in at Hartlepool and play my way

Ronnie Moore celebrating in front of the Hartlepool United fans at the end of the game against Carlisle United. Picture by FRANK REID
Ronnie Moore celebrating in front of the Hartlepool United fans at the end of the game against Carlisle United. Picture by FRANK REID

RONNIE Moore is looking forward to moulding his own team at Hartlepool United this summer.

This pre-season presents a massive opportunity for Pools to make sweeping changes in order to arrest the slide that has dogged the club in recent years.

We can’t go into the next season with that same squad

Ronnie Moore

Relegation from League One in 2012-13 has been followed by two poor seasons in the fourth tier of English football, both of which almost ended in relegation.

Dropping out of the league would have been catastrophic for Hartlepool United, a scenario that looked a very real possibility this season until Moore orchestrated the Great Escape with a game to spare.

He is under no illusions that big changes need to be made, in terms of revamping and refreshing the Pools squad if they are to avoid a third season of strife.

And Moore, who is today sitting down with Pools chairman Ken Hodcroft and chief executive Russ Green to finalise the retained list, is looking forward to a busy summer.

As revealed by SportMail yesterday, Moore – who has had to rely mainly on loan signings since arriving in December – is looking to bring in nine new players.

And he says that is vital, as there is no way the club could start the 2015-16 campaign with the same group of players as the season just ended.

Moore told SportMail: “When we get the new blood in, we will get them in to do it how I want to go about it and play my way.

“We’ve done it this season with the squad we have with desire, a good shape and that never say die outlook.

“But you have to change it around because we can’t go into next season with that same squad.

“This summer is massive for us, get the players in hopefully and if we can’t then we look elsewhere,” added Moore, who was at Prenton Park yesterday for Tranmere legend Ian Goodison’s testimonial match.

Experienced players are set to be culled as Moore reshapes his squad, with Marlon Harewood, Stuart Parnaby and Matthew Bates facing the chop alongside Jack Compton.

The futures of the likes of Jonathan Franks and Neil Austin also remain up in the air, as Moore focuses on bringing in new blood to play alongside the younger players at the club.

Defenders Scott Harrison and Dan Jones, midfielder Nicky Featherstone and striker Scott Fenwick all played a key role in the club’s survival since the turn of the year.

And they, along with Michael Woods who is returning from a broken leg and dislocated ankle, are expected to be key players next campaign as Moore looks to avoid another season soured by relegation fears.