Dawes appointed Tranmere manager

Tranmere Rovers has confirmed today that Ian Dawes has been appointed as the new manager of the club.

The Liverpool-born coach had always played football locally after being cut from Liverpool and Everton as a youth, but his first managerial job was in Malta, becoming manager of Floriana.

He then moved on to various clubs as coach until he joined Welsh side Bangor City as manager. 

From then, he’s had many spells as caretaker boss at Tranmere Rovers, and his latest one is coming to a close after he took over the departing Micky Mellon.

His spell as temporary has been pencilled as permanent, and he takes up the permanent role as Rovers boss.

He’ll continue to be assisted by Rovers legend Andy Parkinson.

Dawes is appointed ahead of Rovers final League Two match of the season at home to Northampton Town. 

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.”

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