Who could be Tranmere’s next manager?

With Tranmere’s season petering out, and without a permanent figure as manager, talk around Prenton Park is around who’ll be installed. 

From former Premier League 100-club players, to current caretaker boss, we look at who will possibly be the next figurehead at Tranmere Rovers. 

Ian Dawes

Experience: Floriana, Bangor City, Tranmere Rovers

Coming to the end of one of his many spells as caretaker boss of Tranmere, Dawes has been spoken about as being one of the possible candidates and the favourite at the time being. 

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 onto 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. 

Clint Hill

Experience: Fleetwood Town (First Team coach), Bristol Rovers (First Team coach), Hartlepool United (assistant manager), Stockport County (assistant manager)

A former Tranmere and Premier League centre-half, defender Clint Hill hasn’t had any main managerial gig, but he’s shown signs that he’s ready to take on the role. 

With him being local to Prenton Park, he can identify with fans about what they want and being a former player, he’ll know the ethos around the club. 

He’s been part of some very successful teams as assistant manager and coach, so he can take these styles of play which have made teams he’s been part of successful into his managerial style. 

Karl Robinson

Experience: MK Dons, Charlton, Oxford

A seasoned winner everywhere he’s gone as manager, Robinson would install an all-winning mentality and an attractive style of play. 

Part of the Dons squad that pummelled Manchester United 4-0 in the League Cup and promotion to the Championship, Robinson left MK Dons in 2016 after a long winless run, something which saw him depart Oxford earlier this season. 

His spell at Charlton wasn’t exactly mind-blowing, with them achieving not much of note, whereas when he went to Oxford, he oversaw many play-off campaigns. 

David Artell

Experience: Crewe Alexandra 

A journeyman of a player, Artell has only had one spell as manager.

He joined a Crewe side stuttering in the fourth tier after relegation from League One, and after a few years of stability, he finally took the Railwaymen back to League One. 

After surviving the first year, he departed the season they dropped back to League Two, so he’s shown he can take a team up to the third tier and stabilise. 

Brian Barry-Murphy 

Experience: Rochdale, Manchester City EDS

The Irishmen hasn’t had the most success in his managerial career, but he has been rumoured to be in the dugout at Prenton Park. 

After many years at Rochdale, where he oversaw their first relegation to League Two after many years in League One, he took over as manager of the Manchester City academy. 


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