The Football League Paper - - CHRIS DUNLAVY -

THE demise of Ron­nie Moore at Hartle­pool is sad but pre­dictable. One win in ten is rel­e­ga­tion form.

But, then, that’s what Pools are th­ese days – rel­e­ga­tion fod­der. The bud­get is tiny. The av­er­age gate less than 4,000.The squad con­structed of loa­nees and kids.

Ge­o­graph­i­cally, it’s a night­mare. There’s a rea­son Danny Hyl­ton re­jected a Jan­uary move to the Vic and it isn’t be­cause he likes life on Ox­ford’s bench. Like Torquay or Ex­eter, at­tract­ing play­ers is hellishly hard with­out a big chunk of cash to sweeten the deal.

That’s why it’s great to hear from new boss Craig Hignett that chair­man Gary Cox­all has ripped it up and started again. Of course, there is no guar­an­tee that his at­tempt to build a new identi- ty based on home­grown boys will suc­ceed. But at least he’s try­ing to do more than sim­ply swim against the tide.

As for Moore, he will leave with his head held high.Pools were as life­less as a ca­daver be­fore the scouser ar­rived last sea­son, with some book­ies al­ready pay­ing out on rel­e­ga­tion to the Con­fer­ence. His blend of blunt hon­esty and, at times, scathing crit­i­cism jolted a life­sav­ing re­ac­tion that should never be for­got­ten. Hope­fully, Hignett won’t face the same dif­fi­cul­ties.

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