FORMER Eastleigh boss Ronnie Moore has offered to help Hartlepool United in their hour need.

Pools, who are due to face the Spitfires at the Silverlake Stadium on Saturday (3pm), have not won a National League game since November 21.

Moore holds a special place in Hartlepool hearts having famously led them to a great escape in 2014/15 when their Football League status was seriously under threat.

However, it proved to be only a temporary stay of execution as, with Moore long gone, they were relegated from League Two last May after 96 years as a Football League club.

The cash-strapped outfit are now deep in trouble on and off the pitch, having been threatened with administration and placed under a transfer embargo.

There has been talk of a takeover but it was reported this week that potential investor Chris Musgrave had pulled out.

The news broke in the build-up to Tuesday’s 1-1 draw at struggling Chester, which leaves Pools 18th in the table.

Moore, 64, admits to having “sympathy” for 40-year-old manager Craig Harrison who was appointed in June from The New Saints.

He said: “It is very difficult to get things going in the dressing room when the players do not know how they can pay their mortgage.

“He (Harrison) has come out of Welsh football and this league is unforgiving.

“He is maybe looking for a little bit of help. Maybe he needs a little bit of experience to help him along, because he doesn’t have that at this level.

“And hopefully whoever comes in will allow him to do that. I am always looking to get back into work.”

Moore, who has been out of a job since parting company with Eastleigh in December 2016 after just three months at the Silverlake, added: “This place (Hartlepool) will always have a special place in my heart.

“It is sad for me.

“To keep them up was fantastic but it was devastating to see the team drop out of the league 18 months later.”