HARTLEPOOL United boss Ronnie Moore admits this time of year is “nerve-wracking” for managers as he works around the clock to improve his squad.
Moore isn’t planning a summer break, instead spending his days inside Victoria Park on the phone talking to agents of prospective new signings.
Pools finished the 2014-15 campaign third bottom of Sky Bet League Two and he is desperate to improve the squad ahead of the new season.
Moore ideally wants to see nine new players come through the entrance door at Victoria Park, but he admits it can be a tense time waiting for players to make decisions.
“I haven’t had a break yet,” said Moore.
“I have been in the club most days, made an awful lot of phone calls to agents and agents have come to me.
“You are very lucky to get all your business done this month because they use all of May for their holidays and then come back and get a panic on around the last week in June.
“If you’re not fixed up then, it can panic them.
“But it is nerve-wracking for a manager too.”
Pools finally released the retained list on Monday night, more than a week after the League Two season had finished with the 3-3 draw at Carlisle United.
And Moore, who spoke to fans at a Q&A event at the club on Monday, said he had no option but to revamp the playing staff.
Keeper Scott Flinders, Neil Austin, Jonathan Franks and Matthew Bates remain in talks with the club and it is understood that they have been offered reduced terms.
“We had to shake the squad up,” added Moore.
“I want to get some experience in but where do you get that?
“There is probably about eight or nine experienced centre backs out there that everybody is chasing, that is the thing.
“I have to have in my mind four or five and can we get the first? Or the second? If not, you may have to end up with the fourth or fifth option.
“We need to strengthen the squad with experience but if we can’t then we need some energy and legs.
“You don’t always need the best players, just have the best team.”