League One side Tranmere Rovers have reappointed Ronnie Moore as the man to succeed Les Parry, who was sacked yesterday, following a run of one win in 19 matches. This is the 59 year old's fourth spell at Prenton Park, having served eight years as a player in the 1970s at the start of his career as a centre-half who was converted later into a centre-forward.
He neatly bookended his playing career by returning to Tranmere in 1986, getting a taste for management as a two month spell as caretaker manager whilst still playing for the club. However, his first proper spell in charge of the Wirral side came after he had steered Rotherham United to a double promotion across the 1999-00 and 2000-01 seasons, taking them up into the Championship. He had spent one fairly mediocre season with Oldham Athletic before his third spell with Tranmere began in 2006.
At the tail end of his third season, Moore took Tranmere to within two minutes of the play-offs - conceding a late equaliser to Scunthorpe United on the final game of the 2008-09 season, with the Iron eventually getting promotion themselves. Moore was surprisingly fired by Chairman Peter Johnson that summer, with a club statement at the time citing falling crowds at the club as the catalyst for the change:
"Attendances have dropped by more than 19 per cent during the last three years and the club felt that now is the right time to move forward in a new direction."
Tranmere's solution was to go for the high profile appointment of John Barnes and Jason McAteer to woo the neighbouring Scouse folk into Prenton Park. That decision was an unqualified disaster, with the pair only lasting two months before club physio Les Parry had to bail them out. Still at least the Tranmere board's decision to sack Moore on the basis of falling attendances must have worked? Not quite - the 5,820 in Moore's final season was followed up by 5,670 turning up in 2009-10 and 5,467 in 2010-11, whilst this season they're down to 4,935.
So here we are, back to square one, and Moore has been given the job until the end of the 2011-12 season, with Parry's backroom staff of assistant manager Kevin Summerfield and first team coach John McMahon retained as they attempt to recover from their current run of form that leaves them dangling in 19th place in the League One Table and just one point from safety.
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