Tranmere name Adams as new boss

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Tranmere Rovers' Prenton Park ground © Andy Nugent/ Flickr

Tranmere Rovers’ Prenton Park ground © Andy Nugent/ Flickr

Tranmere Rovers have appointed Micky Adams as their new manager, just three days after relieving Rob Edwards of his duties.

Rovers sacked Edwards, 41, on Monday after a poor start to the 2014/15 campaign has them sat at the bottom of the Football League and the Wirral club have acted quicky to replace him, with former Port Vale boss Adams set to take over the reins at Prenton Park on Monday.

Adams will watch his new side from the stands this weekend when Tranmere travel to 23rd-placed Oxford United in League Two, with assistant manager Matt Gill and coach Alex Russell in charge of first-team matters on Saturday.

Tranmere chairman Mark Palios said on Adams’ appointment: “In our present position at the bottom of the League, we don’t have the luxury of the time to allow a new manager to learn his trade.

“Micky has an impressive win ratio, which he has sustained over a long career and often in circumstances where he has had to operate in difficult situations or with limited budgets. His success is no flash in the pan.

“We have acted quickly to fill the post so he has as much time as possible to lift us up the table and to identify his targets to strengthen the squad in the transfer window.”

Palios stated after the departure of Edwards earlier in the week that the club was looking to fill the vacant post with an experienced head, and Adams’ CV certainly meets that remit, with the 52-year-old having previously managed 10 clubs in an 18-year career to date.

The former Brighton and Hove Albion and Coventry City boss has won four promotions during his time in the dugout, with his last coming two seasons ago in his second stint with Port Vale, when he steered the Staffordshire club to promotion from the fourth-tier on the back of a spell in administration.

On being named as the new Tranmere boss on Thursday, Adams told the club’s official website: “I’m delighted to be given the opportunity to manage Tranmere Rovers by the Chairman and Board of Directors.

“The immediate task is to get the club off the foot of the table. There’s a lot of hard work ahead but it’s a challenge I’m relishing.

“Tranmere is a good club with a proud history and one which shouldn’t be near the bottom of the division. In the weeks and months ahead I’ll be doing everything I can to drive the club forward and to a much healthier position.”

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