RONNIE Moore insists he is working flat out to bring new faces into Hartlepool United – but he keeps getting a custard pie in the face.
The Pools boss ideally wants to add two further loan signings, the priority being a striker, ahead of the visit of Cheltenham Town to Victoria Park tomorrow (KO 3pm).
But he admits it may be next week before new signings arrive at the struggling Sky Bet League Two club,
Moore has also said that he is looking to offload some of the current squad members and has made that clear to League Two and Conference clubs.
So far, Sunderland’s Scott Harrison, Reading midfielder Aaron Tshibola and Mansfield Town striker Rakish Bingham have joined on loan deals but Moore is desperate to add more.
“Basically this team isn’t good enough, or hasn’t been good enough,” said Moore.
“We brought three new players in and good players at that who will make us better.
“We are still trying to add to it. We have had players who have gone somewhere else.
“We need two in – at least – to make us better and we are desperately trying for a new striker – a targetman who can score goals.
“Hopefully for this weekend, if not then next.
“Me and Sam [Collins] have travelled all over and made calls and knocked on doors.
“But we are still getting a custard pie in the face.”
Moore, who missed out on former Oxford United defender Michael Raynes to Mansfield, said it has been a frustrating time since the January transfer window opened.
He added: “We have been waiting and if I gave you the list of players, how big it is – it would fill a table!
“We are up against it, but you keep looking, asking, trying to get an experienced striker.
“Clubs won’t release players until they have someone to replace them.
“Michael Raynes was one [we missed out on].
“It was down to him and what he wanted and he went to Mansfield so we move on.
“There’s lots of young kids out there but we need experience.”
Moore didn’t name names but he confirmed he is looking to ship out some players from the current squad.
“I have sent a circular out to say we have players available,” said Moore.
“I have sent that to League Two and Conference clubs but I don’t expect my phone to be red hot to be honest.
“I have put it out there just to see what the response is.
“This situation we are in, if you do not produce for us week in, week out, where do they think they are going to go at the end of the season?
“They are not going to Real Madrid from here.
“One may go to League One, possibly two but the rest of them – one or two of them might be working in Asda.”
Moore also confirmed that Slovenian trialists Danijel Jurisic and Denis Mesic and Scouse midfielder Danny Ventre have left.
The trio all played the full 90 minutes in the reserves’ 1-1 draw at Burton Albion.
“Nobody impressed,” said Moore.
“We had three in on trial, which is another way to look at players.
“We won’t be keeping any of them, sometimes you can touch lucky and it works, but it’s not worked for us.”