RONNIE Moore admits he would be a “liar” if he said he didn’t want to win the manager of the month award – after missing out to Wycombe Wanderers boss Gareth Ainsworth.
And in a double blow to Hartlepool United, defender Scott Harrison also missed out on scooping the player of the month gong in Sky Bet League Two.
Any recognition as a manager is nice and if anybody says they don’t want it – then they are lying.Ronnie Moore
Moore was adamant he wanted to win the award, in recognition of the hard work his staff and players have put in over recent weeks.
But he missed out to Ainsworth, whose Wycombe side are third and gunning for automatic promotion.
“It is always nice to be nominated,” Moore told SportMail.
“People say you don’t want to win because of this and that but that is nonsense.
“I want to win it and there is nothing better – not just for me but for the staff and the players.
“I said if we were going to be safe then at some point I’d have to get manager of the month somewhere down the line.
“Any recognition as a manager is nice and if anybody says they don’t want it – then they are lying.”
Moore was competing against Burton Albion’s Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Bury’s David Flitcroft and the winner Ainsworth.
The judging panel included former Ipswich Town manager George Burley, Sky Sports’ pundit Don Goodman, Football League chief operating officer Andy Williamson, League Managers’ association director Olaf Dixon and Sky Bet football trading manager Paul Lowery.
It was the second time that Moore has been nominated for the monthly award since taking charge at Pools, losing out in January to Northampton Town boss Chris Wilde.
And many thought he was a shoo-in for the March gong after a remarkable revival in recent weeks.
Pools were staring relegation in the face less than four weeks ago, nine points adrift before the 1-0 win at Morecambe which sparked a four-game winning streak including Oxford United away (2-0), Mansfield Town (1-0) and Cambridge United (2-1).
The incredible upturn in results saw Pools move out of the danger zone – for the first time since October – to third bottom, where they currently sit with five matches of the campaign remaining.
Meanwhile, Harrison missed out on the player of the month award to Shrewsbury Town striker Bobby Grant.
In a tough category, he was also facing competition from Dagenham & Redbridge midfielder Billy Bingham and Burton keeper Jon McLaughlan.