Hartlepool’s Sam Collins learning from “unflappable” Ronnie Moore but wants to be manager one day

Sam Collins during the game against Shrewsbury Town.
Sam Collins during the game against Shrewsbury Town.
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SAM Collins harbours ambitions of becoming a manager one day – but for now he is happy learning from the “unflappable” Ronnie Moore.

Player coach Collins has been caretaker manager twice this season after the resignation of Colin Cooper and sacking of Paul Murray earlier in the campaign.

I still harbour ambitions of becoming a manager, one day.

Sam Collins, assistant manager

He was appointed assistant to Moore when the 62-year-old was named boss in mid-December and hasn’t looked back.

Ambitious Collins wants to go into management and admits he is on a “great learning curve” under Moore as Pools look to battle against the drop.

He has hailed Moore’s “honest” approach and admits he is the type of manager players want to work under.

“It is great to be working alongside the new gaffer,” Collins told SportMail.

“When it was first announced [I was assistant manager] it was a great opportunity for me to learn, listen and watch what he does.

“To see what he does has been fantastic.

“I have had a long career and you always remember the good points and remember the bad things certain managers may have done.

“It has been a great learning curve and I have learnt something from them all.

“I still harbour ambitions of becoming a manager, one day.

“But I am very happy as I am at the moment and I love working alongside the gaffer.”

The Pools number two is still registered as a player but hasn’t featured since the 3-1 home defeat to York City back in November. The 37-year-old Collins has

previously said he hasn’t had time to think about not pulling on the blue and white shirt.

Instead his focus is firmly on helping Pools bridge the eight-point gap to safety.

And one thing is guaranteed working under Moore, the players and staff know exactly where they stand.

Collins added: “The biggest thing with the manager is that honesty - there is no hiding place.

“If he has a problem he tells you and if he doesn’t, then he will look after you.

“He is the type of manager that I would have loved to play under because you know what you are going to get with him.

“Players should know what to expect and it is giving 100 per cent, being brave, wanting the ball.

“Even though we are in this position, he still gives the players the trust to say ‘go on, if the ball is there play it.’

“But we have to work hard first and foremost.

“He is not afraid of making big decisions either - that comes with experience - and the biggest thing is he doesn’t flap over anything.

“Nothing fazes him and that rubs off on the players.

“He is the type of guy you want to work for, give everything you have got and play well and you will play.”