RONNIE Moore deserves the manager of the season award after steering Hartlepool United to Football League safety, says Jordan Hugill.
The Pools boss has played down his own chances of lifting the annual League Two award, despite leading Pools to safety with a game to go when all looked lost back in March.
But on-loan striker Hugill believes modest Moore should be recognised for his achievements in helping rescue the club from the brink of relegation into non-league.
Hugill said: “Ronnie Moore is brilliant to work for and he has done a fantastic job at Pools.
“Everybody had written us off before he took over, so to have done what he has done is incredible.
“He deserves manager of the year, no doubt.”
Moore brought Hugill to the club from Preston North End last month and he has gone on to score twice in seven games, including the winning goal in the 2-1 win over Exeter City.
Hugill has been pleased with his own contribution but he has hailed the efforts of those Pools players that have been at the club all season.
The 22-year-old added: “When you come in on loan, people automatically think you have to be an impact player, that you have to take 10 people on and stick it in the top corner.
“That is not my game, I’m not built for stuff like that.
“But I do work hard and basically do everything I have done since I arrived here.
“We have had players recalled but whoever came in has fought – it is just unbelievable.
“And I’m just a loan player, I can only applaud those players that have been here all season, grafting.”
The players have been off for a few days this week but are now back in training ahead of the last game of the season at Carlisle United.
Almost 5,000 fans were inside Victoria Park to watch the drama unfold and the on-loan Preston striker believes their support helped spur the side on.
“It was unbelievable,” Hugill said.
“The fans were in such good voice and they were singing constantly, especially at the end.
“They kept everyone going and we were all so focused on one thing – getting the win.
“Afterwards we had everybody refreshing their phones to see what was happening elsewhere before everyone came on the pitch and started celebrating.
“It was incredible and to stay in the Football League was massive, this is a very special time.”
* Hartlepool United fans will find out the fixtures for the 2015-16 in June after the date was confirmed ahead of the new campaign.
Ronnie Moore’s squad will find out how the new season will shape up when the fixtures are released on Wednesday, June 17, ahead of the new League Two season starting on Saturday, August 8.