Ronnie Moore has called on his players to revel in what is expected to be a bubbling atmosphere at Victoria Park this weekend when Pools take on Oxford United.
The new boss was appointed on Tuesday evening by the Club’s new owners TMH 2014 and the news has brought about a fresh positivity among Pools supporters.
Now Moore is hoping his players can feed off that this weekend as they look to end a run of eight league games without a victory against Michael Appleton’s visitors.
“If the players are not up for it this weekend then they’re never going to be are they?" Moore commented.
“I mean, I feel at this moment like I could play – that’s the excitement it brings you, so if the players can’t feel that then there is something wrong.
“I can’t wait to get here and get cracking – I don’t know what I’ll be like after twenty minutes, I hope I’m still feeling the same!
“It’s great for everyone though, especially the supporters. It’s a great new start; we can’t do anything about what has gone but hopefully we can sort things out now and make sure we’re hard to beat.
“The fans can play a massive role for us. I’ve told the players there will be a big atmosphere and they’re going to get the support from the fans from the off.
“As long as they roll their sleeves up, are committed to the cause and do the right things in the right areas then the fans will stand with them.
“But if we make stupid mistakes and go giving goals away then if I had paid my good money then I would be moaning at them.
“They’ve got to go and enjoy it, there’s no pressure. We’ve got to try and play at tempo and the crowd will help with that because the more we press and go forward the more they’ll get behind us.
“Plan A is what we’re going to do – but we’ve got B, C and D that hopefully we won’t need.
“We’re going to have a go, and we have to; if we sit back and invite them on to us then we’re going to be in trouble because these are one of the best footballing sides I’ve seen.
“How they lost to Tranmere in midweek is unbelievable so we have to be patient because there is the chance that they will have plenty of the ball.
“What we have to do is make sure we’re in their faces, stopping them playing, because if we don’t it’s going to be a long afternoon.”
Moore met the media on Wednesday morning before dashing to training to meet the squad for the first time and he’s worked intensively with them since to try and get things organised for Saturday.
And the boss revealed he’s thrilled to have returned to the game and has already identified some areas he would like to strengthen when the January transfer window opens.
“To be honest, it’s just nice to be back,” he told us.
“We can all see what the problems are, it stands out like a sore thumb and we need some recruitment that’s for sure.
“But the lads that are here have given their all during training. We’ve had two days of solid 11 v 11s – the first day was fantastic, the second day was rubbish. I guess that’s why we are where we are because of the inconsistencies of one or two of
“We’re more vulnerable, for me, down the central areas in our final third and we need a bit of experience to come in as soon as the window opens.”