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Fans left unhappy as Tranmere confirm permanent appointment of new manager

Fans have been left unhappy as Tranmere Rovers confirm the permanent appointment of new manager Ian Dawes, who had been caretaker.

The 39-year-old interim has been named as Micky Mellon’s successor, with the club sitting 11th in League Two with 58 points from 45 games played, 17 points below the playoffs and 16 points above the drop zone.

Tranmere has chosen to appoint an internal candidate as the club’s new boss for the 2023/24 season, but it seems the club may have lost some season ticket holders with this appointment as many aren’t willing to attend home games in protest.


Tranmere Rovers Football Club are delighted to announce the appointment of Ian Dawes as the new manager of the Club. Ian has been an integral member of the coaching staff for a number of seasons and has acted as interim manager on three occasions.

The Club has considered several highly qualified candidates however Ian’s coaching abilities, knowledge of the playing squad and the staff as well as the Club’s aims to balance player development with winning games ultimately made him the standout choice.

Andy Parkinson will continue his role as first team coach and will continue to be a key figure in the development of players in the first team environment as well as supporting the manager.

The Club continues to search for the right candidates to strengthen the staff supporting the manager and has made progress with regard to appointing a Technical Director to provide oversight of the key football processes relating to recruitment, player development and first team management.

Speaking about his appointment, Dawes said:

“It’s an honour to be appointed manager of Tranmere Rovers. Having already had three interim spells, I’m now ready to take control of the team and implement my own style and ideas.

“It’s an opportunity I’m relishing and I want to reassure the fans that I personally hate failure and would not have taken the job unless I was confident of bringing success to the Club.

“I know it is equally important to win games as it is to develop players. Every player that steps foot onto that pitch has to play for the badge and make the fans and the Club proud and this is one of the key messages I will be implementing.

“With the players we have under contract, the re-signing of a few and adding the right players and balance to improve the squad, I believe we can see an improvement and get back to having something to play for come the end of the season, at the positive end of the table!”

Tranmere Rovers Chairman, Mark Palios, commented:

“We have moved away from appointing experienced managers who have spent years on the managerial merry-go-round and who come (and go) with their own supporting staff because, each time one departs, the club they leave effectively has to start rebuilding its support staff and systems from scratch.

“A successful team needs a good manager, but it is equally important to get the recruitment and development right, so it is our intention to bring in an experienced Technical Director who will work alongside Ian Dawes and ensure that our recruitment and development systems are the best they can be, and that we get the balance right between the medium term aim of developing players, and the short term imperative of winning games, which is what we all want.”

The entire Tranmere Rovers community would like to extend a warm welcome to Ian Dawes as he takes on the role of manager and wish him the very best of luck in his new position. We have no doubt that with his leadership and guidance, the Club will continue to thrive.

As mentioned, fans are left unhappy as Tranmere confirm the permanent appoint of new manager Ian Dawes…

@trfcbenla: Good luck to him but Jesus Christ this is appalling from Palios, so so many quality options out there and you’ve gone for the assistant most of the fanbase didn’t want at the club in to begin with. They’re sending us back to the national league

@EcxoesGaming: Hate to be negative, but this is a truly awful, uninspiring, and dismal appointment. We will be fighting relegation next season

@stubeanhead: Whether it’s the cheap option or not, the decision wasnt made by Dawes so having a pop at him doesnt help. He needs the support. Give him a chance, give him time under pre season and let him have a crack next season.

@dannywalton: Absolute joke of an appointment. Never been so close to being done with the club. This is absolutely awful.

@dool35518094: That’s me not going home games next season

@RYSP1312: Cheap appointment. Imagine my shock.

@Ljwallace96: Announce season ticket cancellation details

@Deadly_sub: It’s not 1st April! This is a joke, yes?

@Alexron_19: Relegation next season unless he’s backed massively (He won’t be)

@DjAidhargadon: Called it ! Going to put the lottery on tonight ! Always the cheap option ! Penny pinching !!

@tpjmcloughlin1: Was looking forward to new ideas and new energy instead get this… thanks for making my decision to not renew easier

@FadeToWhite22: Dawes is a top bloke but this is an absolutely disgusting decision. Just taking the cheap option once again. Was on the fence anyway but there is zero chance I renew my season ticket now.

@Parojam: Well @markpalios1 and the board. I’ve been a supporter of what you’ve done. NOT NOW!!!!!

@nigel_atkinson: Wow. What a club 🤣🤣🤣

@pgtrfc1690: No ambition, vanarama incoming…….

@Jackkenyon_97: Won’t see me next season, tra 👋🏻

@matthew_j194: Get in the bin seriously the lot of you

@nathandodd93: Fuck sake another bargain basement appointment give me strength!!

@will_costello: Is this a sick joke

@TrfcKeating: Jacko all over again 🤣🤣🤣

@MikeyBenno: Same as mick jacko probably the easiest cheapest option mark palios you havent got a clue

@WayneLineckerf: Theres 60% of the fan base gone then. Well done mr palios 😂

@BenDJ91: So Artell, Hill and possibly others rejected the job and we appoint a bloke who’s interim management has seen us defensively suspect against Colchester, Rochdale, Crawley, Carlisle? Nice one.

@brianroberts621: New broom was needed to assess players and remove those not required, especially the ones that have made little effort this season. Perhaps this will save us money for new players?

@dool35518094: To the conference league we’re on our way

@nunn2sure: Absolute joke!! Pathetic appointment

@PeterConroy89: That statement stinks of “nobody else was willing to try and develop random kids and finish in the play offs with whatever’s left”

@rlbrown_77: Gone by Christmas.

@cwaiigyy: Just when I thought we could possibly fight for promotion next year 🤣🤣🤣

@glenknight1986: Absolute shambles of a club how hasnt palios learnt from what happened with Mike Jackson appointment after Mellon ! It’s only going the same way! Pathetic by Palios

@DanSWA96: 3 managers with Dawes as no.2, yet he goes and gets the job. Joke of a club, get fucked

@andyhaynes19: Wow. Just confirmed i wont be going again next season. Shambles of a club

@PendergastLeon: We are going to national League

@grey_harpoon: Absolutely horrific appointment. Congrats Mark.

@HuntClinton_SWA: The most unambitious move

@Harveywillett8: Hitting new lows by the day this club. No ambition once again, cheap option as per usual. Disgrace. This appointment can’t be serious

@paulmcglynn96: Embarrassing time to go @markpalios1

@dannylovesgill: RIP @TranmereRovers @markpalios1 can’t believe you have done this to our football club Monday is going to be absolutely toxic

@benthomas200902: @markpalios1 You’ve burnt this club to the ground, congratulations on ruining season ticket sales for next season you clown

@GazzyHay: Omg do we ever learn

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