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More on Moore
Saturday, 12th Oct 2002 23:07

Unlike some of the other candidates in the frame for the Town manager's job Ronnie Moore was by no means a household name as a player.

Moore was a Rotherham hero as a player well before he was a star as their manager. The striker joined the Millers in August 1980 from Cardiff City in a season which was to end with Rotherham winning the old Third Division championship, Moore scoring 20 goals.

Prior to his spell with the Bluebirds the Scouser had been a central midfielder or central defender with Tranmere, who he joined in 1971. However, in the mid-seventies he began to play up front.

He moved to Cardiff for £110,000 in February 1979 but things went badly and he scored just six goals in 56 matches.

From there it was on to Rotherham for his championship-winning spell.

Unlike some of the other candidates in the frame for the Town manager's job Ronnie Moore was by no means a household name as a player.

Moore was a Rotherham star on the field well before he was a hero as their manager. The striker joined the Millers in August 1980 from Cardiff City in a season which was to end with Rotherham winning the old Third Division championship, Moore scoring 20 goals.

Prior to his spell with the Bluebirds the Scouser had been a central midfielder or central defender with Tranmere, who he joined in 1971. However, in the mid-seventies he began to play up front.

He moved to Cardiff for £110,000 in February 1979 but things went badly and he scored just six goals in 56 matches. From there it was on to Rotherham for his championship-winning spell.

In the season after, Emlyn Hughes' first as boss at Millmoor, the future manager picked-up the Golden Boot scoring 24 goals, the most in the division.

In 1983 he moved on to Charlton for £35,000 and continued his playing career with Rochdale.

He also spent a period playing in the US for NASL side the Chicago Stings and on one occasion scored five goals in a game, a record for that league.

He gained his first coaching experience after his second playing spell at Prenton Park during which time he was captain. While with the Rovers he visited Wembley five times in either play-offs or in the Autoglass Trophy.

He had a short spell as Tranmere manager in 1987 and was subsequently John King's assistant during his long tenure with the Merseysiders. While on the Wirral Moore became a very highly qualified coach and passed all the FA, UEFA and even FIFA coaching badges.

Moore became manager at Millmoor in May 1997 after a stint running non-league Southport. He replaced Danny Bergara in the Millers' hotseat after they were relegated to Division Three.

In the five years he has been in charge Rotherham have finished higher in the league each season, progressing from Division Three to Division One in successive years before avoiding relegation back to Division Two on goal difference last term. This season has started well for Rotherham and they currently stand eighth in the First Division.

Contrary to some reports the style of football his side plays is by no means long-ball. Rotherham's game is fast-paced with their passing often having impressed more illustrious opponents as they have climbed the divisions.

Moore's assistant at Rotherham is John Breckin, another former Rotherham player, who is almost certain to join his manager if he becomes Town manager.

Moore's son, Ian, plays for Burley and has also had spells with Stockport, Forest, Tranmere, West Ham and Bradford.

Moore's managerial record: Rotherham 24-05-1997 - ?, games 278, won 113, drew 82, lost 83. Tranmere 11-02-1987 - 13-04-1987, games 12, won 3, drew 5, lost 4.

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