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Tranmere sack manager and name experienced former Premier League boss in interim charge

Tranmere Rovers sack manager lan Dawes and name experienced former Premier League boss Nigel Adkins in interim charge for the meantime.

The U’s picked up their first home win of the campaign by beating struggling Tranmere, the hosts going ahead in the 11th minute thanks to Joe Taylor, who put the ball past keeper Luke McGee after Arthur Read had put in a great pass having spotted the striker’s run.

Tranmere almost went level immediately with Dan Pike seeing his effort parried by goalkeeper Owen Goodman.

The chances kept on coming for Tranmere, but they just couldn’t go in front, wasting many of them with Colchester going on to seal their win in the 87th minute through Bradley Ihionvien.

Ihionvien almost got a third when he rounded the keeper but Tranmere had a man back to prevent it from going in.

The result leaves Tranmere 22nd in the League Two table with three points from seven games.


The Club can confirm that lan Dawes has today been relieved of his duties as First Team Manager.

Nigel Adkins will take over responsibility for the first team on an interim basis.

Mark Palios said: “Ian Dawes got the team playing some attractive football but we haven’t been able to convert that into points on the table. Injuries have no doubt played a significant part in that, but football is a results game and I felt we needed someone more experienced at the helm to steer us through this period with a depleted squad, as confidence will be key.

“I would like to thank lan for his time with us, including his three periods as interim manager during which he won a remarkable 7 games in a row, and I wish him all the best for the future.”

Dawes said post-match as per wirralglobe: “It’s always going to be a question I’m going to get asked (about his future).

“Losing games of football, it doesn’t matter what level you’re at, you get asked those questions and you get a reaction from the fans at the end and they’re completely just in their views.

“They’ve got the right to vent and they’re as frustrated as I am with the results but I still think we can turn it around.

“I keep believing and keep moving forward. Unless I hear otherwise I’ll plan and prepare for Monday for Saturday’s game.

“The reaction after the game is tough – you’re emotional. I’m angry and I’m feeling loads of different emotions – not just for myself but for the players and the fans so I have to be careful what I say to the players and manage that, calm down and be composed.”

“It was a disappointing start to the game,” added Dawes. “I thought we were OK in the first few minutes but we gave away the goal and the manner in which we did made it an uphill battle.

“We never got to grips with the game at all – it was unacceptable.

“We didn’t create enough chances, we didn’t pass the ball well enough and ultimately, we lost the game and we can’t complain about the result.”

The 7th of May 2023 saw Adkins return to Tranmere Rovers as Technical Director and mentor and advisor to manager Ian Dawes.

The club were impressed by his 30-year managerial career since hanging up his playing boots with notable highlights of his managerial career include leading Scunthorpe from League 1 to the Championship and Southampton to back-to-back promotions from League 1 to the Premier League.

In his Technical Director role, Nigel had been overseeing the key football processes within the Club (recruitment, development and management) as well as acting as a mentor and advisor to manager Ian Dawes.

Chairman Mark Palios said at the time: “Appointing Nigel to this important role is the final piece in the jigsaw we have been assembling. As a former Tranmere player, a physiotherapist and a hugely experienced manager, Nigel is uniquely well placed to sit across the Club’s critical football processes. His wise counsel will doubtless be invaluable to Ian Dawes as he seeks to make his mark as an up-and-coming manager. With Nigel, Ian Dawes, Neil Danns, Andy Parkinson and the returning Andy Hodgen all playing integral roles within the team-behind-the-team, I think we have assembled an exciting group of professionals to give us a platform for success.”

Nigel Adkins said: “The opportunity to come back to Tranmere Rovers, my home-town club where it all started as an apprentice professional footballer, and to work with my former teammate Mark Palios was too big to turn down. There is a vision to improve and develop and I’m excited to be part of the process.”

This is what fans said as Tranmere sack their manager and name an experienced former Premier League boss in interim charge…

@CallumTRFC_: should never have been appointed in the first place.

@cosmokramer1884: It had to happen, now let’s get this new appointment right, too many failures in recent times.

@JJHatesTories: Was never the right man to take the job and it’s entirely on Palio’s that we’re in this position. Parky has to go next btw for me. He’s been around for as much of the failure as Dawes has

@johnrtrfc: Correct decision, he should never of been hired in the first place, that is on Palios!

@daveyedwards85: Next appointment… Tranmere Rovers are delighted to announce the appointment of Andy Parkinson on a 3 and a half year deal.

@robmclovintyler: Get in!! The owners have finally listened to the fans!! Danns and Parkinson also need to go no point in keeping failing coaches! The next appointment needs to be the right one and not the cheap one! An experienced manager with his own back room staff

@cjetrfc: Right decision but he should’ve never been here in the first place. Cheap, lazy, uninspiring. Hope the next appointment is something better.

@EcxoesGaming: He did make every team we play, look like Brazil, so maybe that was the “attractive” football Mr Palios is eluding to? Universally panned appointment at the time, that took too long to remove.

@Michael19241448: To be fair I agree with binning parky but not danns to me he looked like that was who Palios wanted but Dawes didn’t want him he was never next to him like an assistant should be he was either in the stands or sat on the bench whist Dawes and parky ran it

@Chris__Quirk: We could all see this coming when he was appointed. This was the reason Adkins was brought in alongside all along, there in the event it goes wrong. Scapegoat set up to fail. The football has been turgid for years, we need exciting football. The owners need to take accountability

@dp1414: Next when we get a new manager we need a statement thanking the coaching team and letting them go as well clean out top – bottom needed with the exception of Joe Murphy

@wheel1e1967: It may have been attractive at the start, but I knew any half decent teams would slice us open at will and high scoring scores games would be the norm like the Frank Worthington teams in the 80’s, back to basics now, make us hard to score against is a must

@AaronJohnson___: What if Adkins does really well though? Only Tranmere would have a better manager the club already, but who probably doesn’t want it long term 🤣

@OhBirkenhead: Can Mark leave this next appointment to Nigel please? Whilst also binning off his agent mate behind the scenes. Enough of the meddling. You’re not a football expert nowadays Mark, you’re an accountant. The fans keep pouring money into club and deserve better decisions from you

@zzzoooman: Now let’s take our time to get the right person in charge. We can’t afford another bad appointment. 👍

@lurkinhead: It’s always regrettable when a manager is sacked but this had to happen. Dawes had an association with the Vaughn’s at Bangor and in Malta, which always rang alarm bells for me about his judgement, but even more so with Palios’s judgement in deeming him suitable. A sad chapter!

@MattMcardlx: Shame for Dawes, not a dickhead by any means, just the wrong manager. Best of luck to him, we all have ups&downs. onwards & upwards now, let’s not get relegated 😂

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