RONNIE Moore has demanded his Hartlepool United side thrive on a bumper Victoria Park crowd, saying pressure is for “wimps”.
The charismatic 61-year-old took charge this week and will be managing Pools for the first time when Oxford United visit tomorrow (3pm) in Sky Bet League Two.
Pools are rock bottom of the table, but a cut-price ticket offer from the new owners could see the biggest crowd of the season come through the turnstiles.
Moore believes his struggling side should relish the atmosphere and secure only their fourth league win of the campaign.
Experienced Moore took over the reins from Paul Murray and he admitted he used to hate visiting Victoria Park with his previous sides, Rotherham and Tranmere.
“I have won promotion here with Rotherham, so I do have some good memories, but generally I used to hate coming here,” he said.
“The crowd are right down your ear hole all game.
“But I can take pressure all day long – pressure is for wimps.
“This is about earning a living and going out and earning results.
“They aren’t my players at the moment, but if we can get another 20 per cent out of them then all the better.
“We had a training game on Wednesday, a game yesterday and are working on set pieces today.
“My teams always work hard – that is not an extra for me – if you are picking your wages up then come out here and get a sweat on and roll your sleeves up.
“If you do that then the crowd get behind you.
“They have worked hard all week and want some enjoyment.
“It is a great idea, slashing the prices.
“With more people in here, will it frighten the lads? Hopefully not.
“If you compare the crowds from last year to this, there hasn’t been that much difference so can we reward them?
“The new owners really want to have a go at it and if we survive this year then next it will be a matter of who do you want? Go and get them.
“Fingers crossed and let’s go and get these 26 games done and dusted,” added Moore.
Former boss Murray failed to win a league match during his seven-game spell in charge to leave the club six points adrift at the bottom of the Football League.
Moore admits the current culture in football is tough on new managers looking to make their way in the game.
With more than 900 matches under his belt as a manager, Moore said he stressed the need for experience when he was interviewed for the Pools gig.
He added: “It will be nice if we can have a manager that stays for longer than 45 days.
“That is the problem with football at the moment, chairman want results and you can’t all win.
“In this situation, Pools needed experience and that was the point I made in my interview.
“It has been hard for Paul but you need someone who knows what it is all about and to relieve the pressure off the players.”