Fans have been left furious on Saturday evening as Tranmere Rovers confirm the controversial appointment of new manager Keith Hill.
The announcement of the former Rochdale and Bolton boss was revealed after the club’s 5-0 victory against Ian Holloway’s Grimsby Town at Prenton Park.
It was around three weeks ago that Tranmere sacked previous manager Mike Jackson, he was summoned to chairman Mark Palios after Rovers lost 1-0 at home to Morecambe.
He came in as a replacement for Micky Mellon, who ended up leaving the club for Dundee United of the Scottish Premiership last season, after relegation was confirmed.
Fast forward to today and Tranmere are currently placed 13th in the League Two table, taking 18 points from thirteen games played so far.
#TRFC are delighted to announce the appointment of Keith Hill as first team manager.
Keith has confirmed that both Ian Dawes and Andy Parkinson will support him with the first team.
— Tranmere Rovers FC (@TranmereRovers) November 21, 2020
Tranmere Rovers Football Club are delighted to announce the appointment of Keith Hill as the new first team manager.
Keith is a manager of significant experience and proven success at this level, most notably, every full season he has managed in League Two, he has guided his team to either promotion or sealed a place in the Play-Offs.
An experienced manager, with nearly 700 matches under his belt, Hill has achieved two promotions from League Two, and kept Rochdale in League One for five years, whilst playing an attractive style of football.
He also helped Dale achieve their first promotion in 41 years, alongside helping secure their highest ever league placing and most points secured in a season.
Tranmere Rovers Chairman, Mark Palios, said: “The remarkable job done by caretaker manager Ian Dawes, assisted by Andy Parkinson, meant that we had the time to conduct a very thorough interview process, which was necessary given the number of high quality candidates who applied for the role.
“Keith emerged as the strongest candidate and I am delighted he has accepted the role. Keith has indicated that he wishes to work with Ian as his assistant manager and Andy as a first team coach, which reflects the great job they have done in the interim.
“With Keith’s managerial experience, and Ian and Andy’s knowledge of the current squad and coaching ability, I am confident they will make a very effective team.”
Due to the uncertainties caused by Covid-19, Keith’s appointment is initially to the end of the season, with an automatic 12 month extension in the event of promotion. Keith’s first game officially in charge will be at home to Carlisle United on Tuesday night.
Keith said: “I’m delighted to be joining Tranmere. It’s a Club which has the facilities and the players to achieve promotion and that will be my aim. I can’t wait to get started, and I am only sorry that my first games will be without the supporters in attendance.”
As mentioned, fans were left furious as Tranmere confirm the appointment of their new manager…
Horrendous. Hopefully we’re not let back in this season.
— Jay (@jstands4jay) November 21, 2020
@markpalios1 how to deflate the fan base after 5 wins on the bounce and a 5 – 0 victory. Dawes might be smiling in this picture but bet he is secretly seething.
— Thorney (@ThorneJon) November 21, 2020
I think you’ve got the support of the fans! 😃 pic.twitter.com/qZ54UhFn6N
— Ben 🌪️ (@TRFCBenLa) November 21, 2020
One of the least inspiring names linked with the job!
— David Carbery (@DavaC66) November 21, 2020
And with that you’ve just ended any flicker of hope for promotion. Cheers
— James (@ham_ezz) November 21, 2020
Unbelievably disappointing. I feel sick.
— John Drake – Satirical Author (@JohnDrakeWriter) November 21, 2020
Anything to keep a bit more money in your pocket 👍👍
— Jack kelly (@jack_kellyyy5) November 21, 2020
Pressures on. This is so underwhelming. Ex Bolton as well. If this doesn’t work out, it’s on the owners heads I’m afraid. Throw in the shambles of the season tickets and they’re really skating on thin ice.
— Matthew Smith (@smithyTRFC) November 21, 2020
I hope he succeeds and gets us promoted, of course I’ll back him but fucking hell, so many options out there and we bring in Keith Hill.
— Promotion 20/21 (@DanTRFC96) November 21, 2020
Of all the names we were linked with, we get Keith hill? Ffs
— Southwest Tranmere (@SWTranmeresupp) November 21, 2020
TWENTY ONE days of searching and that’s what we come back with? Bonkers appointment. Bonkers timing. Bonkers club
— Luke Roberts (@LukeyRoberts) November 21, 2020
Out of all the people linked with the job this is probably the worst appointment out of them all
— Andrewdolph Herbert (@herby994) November 21, 2020