Hartlepool United players urged: Forget takeover collapse and focus on Pompey

Ronnie Moore
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RONNIE Moore insists it is business as usual for his Hartlepool United players despite the takeover of the club collapsing.

Pools face Portsmouth at Fratton Park tomorrow amid League Two’s bottom club being rocked by confirmation the proposed takeover by TMH 2014 has fallen through.

But Moore insists the focus of his players is firmly on continuing their good run of form and clawing back the seven-point gap to safety.

Moore said: “All the staff and players are focused on is the big game at Portsmouth.

“We’ve worked hard all week.

“The preparations are all in place and everyone is looking forward to the game on the back of some positive performances recently.”

Meanwhile, the Pools chief has not ruled out adding further players to his squad when the emergency loan window opens next week.

Pools experienced an usually busy day of incomings on Deadline Day with Plymouth striker Marvin Morgan and Scunthorpe defender David Mirfin both signing on loan deals.

Scott Harrison made his loan deal from Sunderland permanent, while Nicky Featherstone also extended his contract.

Moore missed out on a couple of targets but was pleased with the business he managed to do and he says he isn’t finished just yet.

The Pools boss would still like to add another striker – following Mansfield Town’s decision to recall Rakish Bingham – while wide players are also on his wanted list.

The emergency loan window opens for Football League clubs on Monday. Pools currently have three loan players on the books, Reading midfielder Aaron Tshibola, Mirfin and Morgan.

“I hope we will be doing more business, I certainly hope so,” Moore said.

“We have scope to bring a few in on loan and getting Scott (Harrison) in permanent was a massive bonus and freed up another loan space.

“It depends what shape we go with, do we bring wingers in with a bit of pace or another striker?

“It is great for me because I can play three at the back now, which I couldn’t before.

“I am a fan of 4-4-2 at home but some think that is dinosaur days and think you should be able to adjust.

“We have the players now to adjust to any system we need them to and it is about the players at the end of the day.

“All we asked for was that effort and commitment, if they had given that from day one then maybe the gap would have been closed a bit more.

“But the lads we have brought in have certainly added the quality we needed that had been missing.”

Moore had tried to bring in Blackburn defender Yann Songo’o, but, in the end, captured Mirfin, while talks were also held over a swap deal involving Jack Compton and Bristol Rover’s ex-Pools forward Andy Monkhouse.

One player who won’t be on the bus down to Portsmouth is Bingham.

Moore added: “Bings hadn’t scored the goals we thought he might have done but he worked hard and gave us a breather by chasing lost causes.

“I was a bit disappointed he had to go back but when I saw they had dropped into the bottom two it wasn’t a surprise.

“It is common sense really.

“If you are the manager at Mansfield and you let your striker go to the team below you and he scores umpteen goals then you are asking for trouble.”