New Hartlepool United chairman desperate to tie down manager Ronnie Moore to contract extension

New Hartlepool United chairman Gary Coxall at Victoria Park. Picture by Frank Reid
New Hartlepool United chairman Gary Coxall at Victoria Park. Picture by Frank Reid
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Rewarding Ronnie Moore and Sam Collins with improved long-term contracts is top of Hartlepool United chairman Gary Coxall’s ‘to-do’ list.

Moore’s contract is up at the end of December and Coxall is keen to reward the man who saved Pools from the drop.

Coxall was speaking publicly for the first time since JPNG took over at Pools, replacing IOR who had owned the League Two side for the past 18 years.

The confident 34-year-old is keen to work closely with fans while also rewarding those responsible for ensuring they still had a Football League side to support.

And he has confirmed that plans are in place to do just that.

Coxall, speaking at a press conference at Victoria Park, revealed his target: “A new contract, longer term, for Ronnie and Sam. There is no beating around the bush, trying to be political.

“We have had discussions, which were positive, and hopefully there will be an announcement soon. We need to secure those two.”

Moore joined Pools last December, with the club stranded at the foot of League Two.

He was able to bring in some key loan signings and performances on the pitch improved, with the club eventually clawing back an 11-point gap to safety to stay up with a game to spare.

It was a remarkable achievement and one which means Coxall knows he has nothing to worry about on the football side.

Coxall said: “We want to tie Ronnie down long term and it is top of our list.

“We will talk and get their views and I feel they are happy here.

“I want them to feel assured that their future is at the club.

“It’s an easy thing to sort out.

“We are not sitting down being miles apart, we will work towards what they want and the future of the club is under them.”

The new chairman also moved to praise Moore’s assistant Collins, who first joined the coaching staff last summer under Colin Cooper.

And he is confident the management team can lead Pools to a successful 2015-16 League Two campaign.

Coxall added: “We have in Sam a fantastic assistant manager who is only in his 30s.

“His reputation as a coach and future manager is phenomenal.

“I don’t want to come across too political and not answer questions properly, but we should be looking at a good season.

“I don’t want to be looking at putting pressure on anyone about next season.

“But this is a club with fantastic potential and I think we will realise it.

“People believe something good is going to happen – and I think it is.

“There’s been some real momentum carried forward and the business done is phenomenal.

“The first signing we got in, Rakish Bingham, some of the coaching and training he will be getting off Sam and Ronnie will really push him on.

“Carl Magnay, a cracking defender who uses the ball well. Harry Worley, I can’t believe Stevenage have let him go.

“There’s a hell of a lot on the horizon. I can’t wait for the season to start.”