Former Rovers boss speaks out after receiving punishment for breaching FA betting rules

3:09pm Thursday 22nd May 2014

TRANMERE’S former boss Ronnie Moore has spoken of his embarrassment after he received a suspended one-month ban after breaching betting regulations.

Moore, who was sacked by Rovers on April 9, was also fined £2,000 at a personal hearing held at Wembley today.

The Prenton Park legend admitted responsibility for his actions but claimed he was not aware of the rules and questioned whether he should have been sacked.

In an interview with Sky Sports News, Moore said: "I'm embarrassed because as a manager of Tranmere Rovers football club I should have known.

"So I hold my hands up, there is no doubt about that. I should have known and I didn't know but is that worth losing my job over?

"It's actually cost me my job and its cost me £130,000 and then I get fined here as well."

The 61-year-old was by assistant manager John McMahon, who took temporary charge at Tranmere after Moore was first suspended in February.

Moore has said the last three months have been “tough” on him and his family.

He told Sky Sports News: "If you're the manager of a football club you should know what is going on.

"But it was an honest mistake. Has nobody out there ever made a mistake?

"I have made a mistake that has proved so crucial to my family.

"The last three months have been hell. I have been abused and accused of this, that and the other and that is wrong.

"It was a genuinely honest mistake made by myself and I am embarrassed about it."

Rovers are continuing their search for a new manager ahead of next season when they will compete in League Two following their relegation in May.


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