Rovers return for Ronnie Moore at Tranmere v Hartlepool United

OLD ROVER: Pool  manager Ronnie Moore. Picture by FRANK REID
OLD ROVER: Pool manager Ronnie Moore. Picture by FRANK REID

RONNIE Moore insists his sacking from Tranmere Rovers is “history” but admits he would love to get one over his former club.

Hartlepool United, bottom of Sky Bet League Two, travel to Prenton Park tomorrow to take on third-bottom Rovers in a crunch relegation clash (kick-off 3pm).

Moore was axed by the club in April for breaching betting rules, and while he is fully expecting some “fun” at his expense from the home support, he is focusing his Pools players to do their jobs on the pitch.

The former striker was also fined £2,000 and given a one-month suspension, suspended for two years, after he admitted an FA charge relating to betting on competitions and matches in which his club was involved.

Moore broke the rules after placing bets for family members from his account, which on one occasion included a £1 stake on Tranmere to win in a double with Manchester United, which returned less than £4.

After Moore left, Rovers went on to be relegated into League Two and are now battling with Pools for league survival.

He is fully aware it is a game his side cannot afford to lose as the gap to safety could increase to a mammoth 12 points.

“I don’t want to make this personal,” Moore told SportMail. “It’s not about me against Tranmere, it’s about us going there and winning.

“Circumstances of how it all ended are personal to me, but I want to go back and prove a point.

“It’s my opinion but I honestly don’t think Tranmere would have gone down if I’d stayed.

“I’ve nothing to prove to anyone there. I gave them good service and I want to go and enjoy the day and enjoy the atmosphere.

“They will have fun at my expense and I expect that.

“But I want my lads to perform, I don’t want any of them to let me down and if they do they will certainly know about it.”

Moore, a former Tranmere player as well as coach and manager, said he has had several supportive letters and emails since leaving Rovers and says it will be good to see the backroom staff.

He felt aggrieved he was never given the chance to present his case properly before getting sacked but insists he is not bitter.

He added: “It will be nice to go back and get a result, I enjoyed my time there but it was just sad how it ended.

“But that’s history, let’s make history here and get out of this mess.”

With games running out quickly, Moore knows all too well tomorrow’s trip is a “must-win” for Pools.

Moore added: “I’m excited about going back, I wish I could play in it – better than standing shouting orders and all that!

“I have spoken with the lads about it and they know how important it is not just to me, but the football club.

“They will give their all, it’s a massive one for everyone.”

Pools have no new injury concerns ahead of the trip to Prenton Park.

Tommy Miller (calf) is still out while Stuart Parnaby (knee) is out for the season.

Tranmere boss Micky Adams could give a first start to winger Jennison Myrie-Williams - who Pools tried to sign on loan - after he joined the club on loan from Scunthorpe United.

Recent signings Lee Molyneux and Rob Taylor are also in line to feature again but defender Marcus Holness is out after injuring knee ligaments.

Pools (likely): Flinders, Duckworth, Harrison, Jones, Austin, Franks, Tshibola, Woods, Compton, Harewood, Bingham.

Subs (from): Maxted, Richards, Holden, Bates, Featherstone, Walker, Green, Smith, Fenwick.

Tranmere (likely): Williams, Holmes, Ihiekwe, Thompson, Taylor, Myrie-Williams, Donnelly, Jennings, Molyneux, Odejayi, Fenelon.

Subs: Ridehalgh, Koumas, Kirby, Stockton, Brezovan, Duggan, Jago.