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Hartlepool United FC Staff Profiles

Ronnie Moore

Ronnie Moore
First Team Manager


The vastly-experienced Ronnie Moore was appointed as the new Manager at Hartlepool United in December 2014 following the departure of Paul Murray.

Moore brought with him the experience of over 900 games in the hotseat, having previously been in charge at Rotherham United (twice), Oldham Athletic and Tranmere Rovers (twice).

As a player, Moore began his career as a competitive centre-back and signed for Tranmere Rovers in 1971 where he earned his debut at the back.

However, in 1975 boss John King decided to convert Moore in to an attacking role and it paid off almost instantly. He went on to fire an astonishing 43 league goals in 1975/76 and by February 1979 he’d scored 79 goals for Rovers and earned a club record £120,000 move to Cardiff City.

He made over 50 appearances for The Bluebirds before joining Rotherham United in 1980 where his prolific three years in front of goal still see him widely-regarded as one of the finest players in the Club’s history.

He moved on for spells at Charlton Athletic and Rochdale before finishing his career back at Tranmere where seven more goals nudged him up to eighth place in the club’s all-time scorers list.

As his playing career wound down, he began to work closely with boss King at Tranmere and gained invaluable experience as his assistant for nine years at Prenton Park.

He spent six months as boss of Southport in 1996 before Rotherham came calling for his services – though even The Millers could not have been expecting the unprecedented success he brought to Milmoor.

He led the club to two successive promotions between 1999 and 2001, taking them from the basement division to the Championship before leaving for Oldham Athletic in 2005.

Moore saved The Latics from relegation and helped them consolidate in League One before leaving to take up the top job at Tranmere in the summer of 2006 where he enjoyed three successive top half finishes.

A return to Rotherham saw The Millers guides to the League Two Play-Off Final in 2009/10 before he once more returned to Tranmere in March 2012 – this time working his magic to move them clear of relegation trouble.

The following season was a remarkable one as Moore’s men lost just two of their opening 24 league games as they challenged for promotion, only to fall away in the latter stages of the campaign.

Moore took over an unenviable task at The Vic and by the start of 2015 he’d seen the side slip ten points adrift of safety at the bottom of League Two and seemingly destined for non-league.

However, the wily boss inspired a quite remarkable turnaround and four consecutive victories during March kick-started a dramatic survival bid that saw Pools climb out of the drop zone for the first time since October.

Moore’s Great Escape job was completed when a 2-1 win over Exeter City at The Vic secured the Club’s most unlikely safety in the Football League.

Sam Collins

Sam Collins
Assistant Manager

Sam Collins extended his playing contract at Victoria Park in May 2014 but then boss Colin Cooper was keen to bring the experienced defender on board with his coaching staff.

As a result, Collins agreed to step up to the role of Assistant First and Reserve Team Coach as well as remain a part of the playing squad at Victoria Park.

It was a role Collins continue upon the appointment of Paul Murray in November 2014, before stepping up to be Assistant Manager when Ronnie Moore came in as boss in December 2014.

The defender joined Pools from Hull City back in January 2008 and has since made over 250 appearances for the Club, with the majority being as captain.

During 2013/14 Collins had already been assisting Academy Manager John Hewitson with the Reserve Team, working both on match days and in training with the Club’s young players. 

He also played a big part in the shift away from the League Two relegation zone, featuring heavily in the final 18 games of the season, leading by example with some impressive performances.

Cooper was quick to reward Collins for that hard work and loyalty by giving him the opportunity to join the coaching staff for 2014/15.

Tony Caig

Tony Caig
Goalkeeping Coach

Tony Caig joined the Club as Goalkeeping Coach at the start of June 2015, leaving a similar role at Carlisle United to link-up with Ronnie Moore at Victoria Park.

He brought with him a wealth of experience in the game having been in a coaching role at Carlisle for the previous five years after an extensive and successful playing career.

Caig spent his formative years at Brunton Park and went on to make over 300 appearances in The Cumbrians’ goal between 1990 and 1999 before moving on to Blackpool.

A brief spell with Charlton Athletic was followed by a two-year stint with Hibernian before he returned to the region to sign for Newcastle United in 2003.

Caig also played abroad with Canadian outfit Vancouver Whitecaps and in America for Houston Dynamo before rounding-off his playing career back in England with Chesterfield and non-league Workington.

He began his coaching role back at Carlisle in 2010 under Graham Kavanagh and also acted as joint caretaker manager upon Kavanagh’s departure but decided to move on at the end of 2014/15.

Ian Gallagher

Ian Gallagher
Head Physiotherapist

Ian Gallagher – known to everyone simply as Buster – has a long-running affinity with the Club which stretches back to his childhood and has been on the books in one capacity or another for over twenty years.

In 1992 he was signed on schoolboy terms as a central midfielder, progressing on to a scholarship in 1994 before being offered a professional contract with the Club in 1996.

A lifelong Pools fan, Buster went on to make two appearances for the First Team but a knee injury forced his early retirement so he turned his attentions to physiotherapy and he was kept on as part of the Club’s medical staff while he studied for the required qualifications.

Now a Chartered Physiotherapist with an FA Diploma in Treatment Management of Injuries and an FA Advanced Resuscitation and Emergency Aid certificate, he took over as Head Physiotherapist in 2012.

Craig Hubbard

Craig Hubbard
Strength & Conditioning Coach

Craig began work as the Club’s Strength & Conditioning Coach at the start of the 2014/15 campaign in conjunction with Durham University.

A qualified sports therapist, Craig also has a Level 1 Certificate in Strength & Conditioning as well as a Level 4 qualification in Personal Training.

During three years of studying, he built up experience with various personal training positions before taking up the role at Durham University and Pools.

He has played semi-pro for Blyth Spartans in the past and is currently registered with Whitley Bay though his work with Pools restricts the amount of games he plays for them

Martyn Brown

Martyn Brown
Kit Manager

Martyn has been working for the Club since 1998 when he joined in the role of Assistant Groundsman, working with Head Groundsman Dave Brown.

However, in October 2010 he was installed as the Club’s new Kit Man when he succeeded Peter Darke who had left to go to Middlesbrough.

As well as carrying out his duties for Pools, Martyn also plays Sunday League football for Murton Park View where he is comfortable in defence or attack and describes himself as “a young Paul Warhurst.”