AT LEAST POOLS’ NEW BLUEPRINT GIVES THEM A CHANCE
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.