DESPITE having more than 900 games under his belt as a manager, Ronnie Moore insists he still has a point to prove after being sacked by Tranmere Rovers earlier this year.
The 61-year-old had been out of work for the last eight months after being axed for breaching betting rules.
But he is back in management at Hartlepool United and said he “didn’t think twice” about applying for the job despite the side being rock bottom of the Football League.
The former striker was fined £2,000 and given a one-month suspension, suspended for two years, after he admitted an FA charge relating to betting on competitions and matches in which his club was involved.
Moore broke the rules after placing bets for family members from his account, which on one occasion included a £1 stake on Tranmere to win in a double with Manchester United, which returned less than £4.
After Moore left, Rovers went on to be relegated into Sky Bet League Two and in an ironic twist of fate are now battling with Pools to stay up.
Tranmere are third bottom, six points ahead of Pools.
“I didn’t think twice about applying for the job,” said Moore.
“The way I came out of football disappointed me and I wanted to get back and put it right because that shouldn’t have happened.
“I certainly shouldn’t have lost my job for something so petty.
“They made a big mistake and paid the penalty.
“I honestly feel we were just turning a corner at Tranmere and I don’t think we’d have gone down.
“I know the reasons why and they weren’t football reasons or betting reasons but it is done now.
“They went down and it is funny that now we are fighting each other to try and survive.
“Fingers crossed, both clubs survive – it won’t be easy, but it is not impossible.
“It is not like there is one game to go and we are four points adrift, there are 26 games left.
“There are enough games if we can get the team and organisational side right,” added Moore, who said his Pools side are in for a “tough” challenge at home to Oxford United tomorrow.
Moore, who has also managed Rotherham United and Oldham Athletic, was full of confidence when meeting the press earlier this week.
He admitted the breach of betting rules was an unfortunate episode in his life but he is now looking to enjoy a long spell back in the game.
Moore, whose son Ian Thomas Moore used to play for Pools, added: “The account was in my name but that is all it was, we did win 5-0 so maybe they thought something was going on!
“I felt I needed to come back because I have 900 games as a manager and 700 as a player under my belt and I didn’t want to be remembered for some stupid betting thing, which was ridiculous.
“It is a long time out so I am going to make it damn hard for someone to get me out of here this time!
“I have been doing Radio Sheffield and watching games myself at this level and League One but it is brilliant to be back.”