Moore plans big changes after Hartlepool United’s great escape

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RONNIE Moore says there will be BIG changes at Hartlepool United this summer with work already underway to bring in new strikers.

Pools finish their Sky Bet League Two campaign away at Carlisle United tomorrow, safe in the knowledge their status as a Football League club is already secured.

Moore is wasting no time in refreshing his playing squad and is even holding off going on a summer holiday until his plans are in place.

Loan players David Mirfin, Aaron Tshibola, Jordan Jones, Jordan Hugill and Marvin Morgan will all return to their parent clubs, while the futures of several first team players are yet to be confirmed.

Winger Jack Compton will leave the club but Moore admits “quite a few” others will be let go, when their contracts expire.

The club’s retained list is expected to be released early next week.

“The work starts now and there is a lot of work to be done at the club,” said Moore.

“It’s massive.

“There are a lot players we can get rid of, a few will go and we need to use the money to bring players in.

“Quite a few will be let go but you’ve got to thank them – not for the mess we were in, but for helping getting us out of it.

“As a club we have to move on and make sure we aren’t in this position again.

“It’s down to me and Sam [Collins], the recruitment and the players we can get in.

“It’s going to be a long summer for us all and I’ve not booked to go away at all on holiday as I want it all sorted.

“Hopefully we can try and put ourselves in the proper half of the table and maybe push further.”

With Hugill returning to Preston North End and Morgan heading back to Plymouth, Moore’s striking options will be limited and it is an area he has classed as a priority.

And the Pools chief admitted it will be far easier to attract players to the North East after staying in the league, following the dramatic 2-1 win over Exeter City.

A win that saw Tranmere Rovers and Cheltenham Town relegated.

Moore added: “Getting players in should be easier but it is always hard to get players to come up here.

“But with us staying a league club, a lot of players will be let go and looking for work.

“So, it is about being lucky and trying to get in there early and we have set one or two things away already that can hopefully mean we can get one or two strikers in nice and quickly.

“We are already working to get that part right.”

Moore is one of the few Football League managers on Twitter and he has been getting some stick from Tranmere fans, where he was sacked in April last year after a breach of betting rules.

He added: “I’ve had some stick on Twitter from Tranmere fans, but you always get stick – it’s part and parcel of life.

“If you are on Twitter, you are going to get battered, it’s just unfair you can’t give back what you want to at times.

“It’s a shame you can’t change the rules because then I could have a right go back at them!”