That’s Rich: Outrage after Hartlepool boss Ronnie Moore misses out on manager award (and dreaded curse)

Ronnie Moore.
Ronnie Moore.

OUTRAGED I was. Absolutely outraged.

How Ronnie Moore wasn’t named manager of the month for March is beyond me.

Okay, so Pools started the month with back-to-back defeats but they bounced back strongly to win four on the bounce and propel themselves out of danger. For now at least.

Pools sit a point above the trapdoor into non-league.

The margins are tight but hope and genuine belief have been firmly restored thanks to Moore and his revived squad.

It is an incredible story, one that has captured national attention with national journalists again at the pre-match press conference ahead of the trip to York City tomorrow.

Surely Moore was a shoo-in? But no, the powers that be decided against it.

Just to add salt into the wounds Scott Harrison missed out on the player of the month gong too.

Moore will instead have to make do with the statue in the centre of town and the Freedom of the Borough if Pools do indeed stop up this season.

Mind, there’s always April’s award.

I knew I should have put money on it...

Two weeks ago I put my mystic powers to the test to predict the final eight fixtures facing Pools as they battled relegation.

And three games in, it is a case of so far so good.

To my own amazement, I have managed to get two spot on so far – the 2-1 win over Cambridge and the 1-0 home defeat to Southend. The only one wrong so far is the 2-2 draw at Newport, I went for a 2-0 defeat – so at least Pools are a point up on my predictions already.

You will remember (or maybe not) that I predicted Pools would stay up by a single point. I hope it is far more comfortable than that, but the way things are going, it is going right down to the wire.

For the record, my remaining predictions ...

York City (A) Draw 1-1

Accrington Stanley (H) Win 3-1

Luton Town (A) Lose 2-0

Exeter City (H) Win 1-0

Carlisle United (A) Draw 1-1

AND finally, in another positive move from the club, IOR have again slashed ticket prices ahead of the Accrington Stanley match next Tuesday.

The initiative has worked wonders so far with more than 5,000 cramming into The Vic for the last two home games.

Tickets for the match have again been reduced to £10 (adults) and £5 (concessions) in the terraces and £12 (adults) and £6 (concessions) in the seats.

Reduced price tickets do not have to be purchased from the ticket office and they will be available on the turnstiles prior to the game.

The Sky Bet League Two match against Stanley takes place on Tuesday, April 14 (KO 7.45pm).

At a crucial time of the season, supporters, the town and club all seem to be singing from the same song sheet.