Harewood can be THE man for Hartlepool United

Marlon Harewood in action against Oxford United. Picture by FRANK REID
Marlon Harewood in action against Oxford United. Picture by FRANK REID
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MARLON Harewood can be a key weapon for Hartlepool United in their fight for survival even if he does talk some “rubbish,” insists Ronnie Moore.

The 35-year-old has spent a fair chunk of his career playing in the Premier League but he faces one of his toughest challenges yet – helping a struggling Pools side avoid relegation to the Conference.

The club is seven points adrift of safety at the foot of Sky Bet League Two with almost half of the season already gone.

Moore, who took his team to Mansfield Town today, is under no illusions as to the task facing him and while he insists no places are guaranteed, he does believe he has a big threat to the opposition in the shape of Harewood.

The former Nottingham Forest, West Ham and Aston Villa striker has only scored five times in 38 appearances since joining in January but his performances have stepped up a gear in recent weeks.

“Marlon has experience and he can help us,” Moore told SportMail. “When you are 35 you are at that stage where you have done a lot of miles and know the game inside out.

“He’s not an aggressive leader and some of the stuff he says is rubbish. But some of it is sensible and he does wind the opposition up – he can be a threat.

“We must see if we can get some pace to go alongside him or someone to put him under pressure.”

Moore wants to bring in four new signings when the transfer window opens and he has warned his side that no place is guaranteed in his starting line-up.

The 61-year-old added: “No-one has a place in the team cemented.

“I’ve only been here a few days and there’s no guarantees for anyone.

“If we can bring four in then we might have to ship some out and I’ve told the lads on loan it’s down to them as well.

“Perform and do alright they could stay but if they don’t then I get others in,” added Moore who was speaking ahead of the today’s match at Mansfield Town.

As well as picking up points quickly the Pools boss is also looking to change the mind set of his fragile players, who are lacking confidence having picked up just three league wins all season.

Moore added: “The frailties in the squad are obvious, that is clear to all.

“Anyone who knows football can see them and the worrying thing is that any team can get right on top of you.

“I’ve come here to do a job and I’m here because they are bottom of the league.

“I’m here to put it right.”