UPDATED: Rovers' manager Ronnie Moore charged with alleged misconduct

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TRANMERE’s suspended manager Ronnie Moore has been charged with misconduct in relation to breaching betting rules.

The Football Association has been looking at allegations that Moore broke rules over betting on a competition that Tranmere were involved in.

Moore, who has been under investigation by the FA for six weeks, has until April 8 to respond to the charges.

He was suspended on February 18, with assistant manager John McMahon placed in charge of first team affairs on a temporary basis.

Rovers published a statement online on Monday evening saying: "The FA has charged Ronnie Moore for alleged multiple breaches of Rule E8(b) for misconduct in relation to betting.

"The Tranmere Rovers manager has until 8 April 2014 to respond to the charges.

"The club will make no further comment at this time."

Rule E8(b) states: “A participant shall not bet, either directly or indirectly, or instruct, permit, cause or enable any person to bet on the result, progress or conduct of a match or competition in which the participant is participating, or has participated in that season; or in which the participant has any influence, either direct or indirect.”

Moore left Prenton Park in 2009, having been within two minutes of achieving a place in the play-offs in his final season.

He was re-appointed in March 2012, after the club parted company with Les Parry.

Since Moore’s suspension, Tranmere have won two and drawn two out of eight games and sit on the edge of the League One relegation zone ahead of Saturday’s trip to Colchester.

The 61-year-old has also managed Rotherham, Oldham and Southport.

He returned to Prenton Park in March 2012 and helped Tranmere stage a revival which saw them finish in the top half of the table.

He was rewarded with a one year contract which was extended last year to run until summer 2015.

Before turning his hand to managing, Moore played for Rovers in the 1970s and 1980s, making almost 300 appearances for the club.

He was transferred to Cardiff City for a club record fee of £120,000 but eventually returned to Prenton Park in 1986.

He was temporarily manager for three months following the departure of Frank Worthington and later became player-coach under John King's second spell in charge of the club.

He was promoted to the role of assistant manager and helped Tranmere to promotion from Division Three to Division One and five appearances at Wembley Stadium, including the Division Two Play-Off Final win over Bolton Wanderers.

• In December of last year Tranmere Rovers players Akpo Sodje and Ian Goodison were among six people arrested as part of a football spot-fixing investigation.

No one has yet been charged as part of the investigation, which is being carried out by the National Crime Agency.

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