Rhodes' Return and Cup Conundrum
Managing a Championship team ranked fourth from the bottom, Moore faces challenges with just one win in the last nine matches. Eager to strengthen the squad early in the winter transfer window, he encounters obstacles with limited options. External factors, including the African Cup of Nations (Jan 13-Feb 11) and Asia Cup (Jan 12-Feb 10), present hurdles. The team is set to lose Japanese international Yuta Nakayama to the Asia Cup.
Acknowledging the importance of strategic planning, Moore commented on the difficulties of securing deals immediately in January due to the reluctance of many clubs to release players during these continental tournaments. Despite the desire to act swiftly, the process involves navigating these hidden challenges.
Jordan Rhodes, currently on loan at League One's Blackpool, could potentially return to the team, as Moore has confirmed the option to bring him back. Rhodes has excelled during his loan spell, scoring 10 goals in 15 appearances. Other players, including Aaron Rowe, Brodie Spencer, and Kieran Phillips, are on loan at various clubs, with recall options in January. Moore emphasized Rhodes as a valuable asset, stating, “He is our player, and having him play regular football is significant.”
Facing criticism from some sections of supporters due to the recent run of poor form, Moore urged unity within the club during this critical phase of the season. He stressed the importance of collective support, stating, “It's a crucial time for this football club. We need everyone to come together—supporting the town and channeling strong energy towards the team.”