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TRANMERE Rovers have appointed former Welsh international Rob Edwards as their new manager.

Edwards, 41, recently left Exeter City and has turned down a job at a Premier League club to take charge at Prenton Park.

The former Preston defender was assistant manager at Exeter City where he played a key role as the club won successive promotions from the Conference to League One.

He was instrumental in helping Exeter post a club best 8th placed finish in League One in 2011 - just one point outside the play-off places.

Edwards also managed the club's development squad and his hard work and coaching ability saw Exeter produce players that were sold for £1.7m, including striker Jamie Mackie.

He said: "I would like to thank everyone at the club for this fantastic opportunity. I've worked hard for this chance and feel I've been ready to manage for some time.

"I've ready to put into practice the skills I've learned from 25 years in the game that has seen me work with, and learn from, some superb managers and excellent players.

"I believe I can develop a team at Tranmere Rovers the whole Club, and the whole of Wirral can be proud of.

"My aim is to make sure we are challenging at the top end of the table, as well as setting up a structure to produce more home grown players.

"I've played at Prenton Park many times and always found it a tough place to play, with the fans really backing their team with passion and support.

"That experience has stuck with me and I want to make this a difficult place to come once again.

"I'm looking to move the club forward with an attacking brand of high-energy football and I can't wait to get started."

Tranmere Rovers chief executive Jeremy Butler revealed Edwards is recognised as one of football's best young coaches and believes he is ready to step up into a managerial role.

He said: "We drew up a profile for our new manager before we began an extensive search and Rob fills all of the criteria.

"We want a manager capable of winning promotion but also one able to improve our current bright young talents, as well as putting in place a pathway to bring through more players from our Academy.

"Rob has an excellent track record of developing players and we expect his determination to play a style of vibrant attacking football next season will produce a successful campaign.

"He has expert knowledge of League Two football and the players and systems we will come up against, as well as the experience of mounting a push for promotion from League One."

Butler added the board had carried out plenty of due diligence as part of its search for an exciting and ambitious candidate to fill the vacant manager's post at the Club.

"Our aim was to find a young, hungry manager with the drive to lead Tranmere Rovers forward," he added.

"We were aware that Russ Wilcox had stepped up from assistant manager at Scunthorpe to guide the Iron to promotion in his first season and have watched Graham Alexander take Fleetwood up in his first year in the job.

"Now we are looking forward to seeing Rob shape our future with some exciting new signings expected in the near future."

John McMahon will continue in his role as assistant manager with Dave Timmins carrying on his work as goalkeeping coach.

Edwards added: “I’m here to give young players the chance to play. There are so many young players out there who need the chance.

“If we can be patient with them, the club can reap the benefits. If we can pull our talents together, we can work effectively.”

Planning what he wants from next season’s squad, he said: “Senior players will have a real voice in the club. I want them to challenge me.

“The objective is to start the next season quickly and climb up the table. I don’t think it can be too much of a slow build-up. We need high energy and positive performance.

“The players have got to set the tempo and passion and get the fans off their seats. It all helps.”

Edwards’ mother is from Bebington and he has played at Prenton Park many on many occasions.

He said: "There is a certain style about Tranmere. The club has a proud history and needs to be a forward-thinking squad.”

On John McMahon’s decision to stay at Prenton Park, he said: "I’m really looking forward to working with him. We’re both football people.

"I want people around who will challenge what I say. John’s someone who will challenge me and work with me.

“In League Two you need a couple of goalscorers. Team spirit is also important and you need to be tactical.

“The game, for me, is all about the talent. It always comes down to players on the pitch.”

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10:27pm Tue 27 May 14

Heycock says...

"Attacking brand of hi-energy football"

Admirable intent but for that it's useful to have someone to put the ball in the net after all that good work. And Tranmere, as in the past, have allowed the one man who did just that last season (the first in years) to go because they didn't want to give him a two year contract.

No doubt they have another journeyman lined up. No doubt "a good target man", "who leads the line", "who holds the ball up" etc etc. Everything except score.
Any club with intentions always has two scoring forwards...one who gets 20+, one who chips in with 15 or so. Look at every successful lower division team, every successful Tranmere team. Always that pattern. 20+ and 15. If he'd been given the extended contract, Lowe would have delivered the 20.
The conference beckons I'm afraid.

Edwards has come cheap and is just going to be the fall guy.
"Attacking brand of hi-energy football" Admirable intent but for that it's useful to have someone to put the ball in the net after all that good work. And Tranmere, as in the past, have allowed the one man who did just that last season (the first in years) to go because they didn't want to give him a two year contract. No doubt they have another journeyman lined up. No doubt "a good target man", "who leads the line", "who holds the ball up" etc etc. Everything except score. Any club with intentions always has two scoring forwards...one who gets 20+, one who chips in with 15 or so. Look at every successful lower division team, every successful Tranmere team. Always that pattern. 20+ and 15. If he'd been given the extended contract, Lowe would have delivered the 20. The conference beckons I'm afraid. Edwards has come cheap and is just going to be the fall guy. Heycock
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1:41pm Wed 28 May 14

whitemischief says...

Man U wont give more than a year deal to someone who is over 35, and what is to say he wouldn't have been plagued by more injuries in his last year.Ryan Lowe was our best player last year, however he wouldn't have got 20 goals if he wasn't taking the penalties. I would have liked him to see out his contract, but the new chairman set out a strategy after we were relegated, at least he is sticking to it, which shows guts. We also got money for him.(Good luck to him at Bury incidentally, as long as we beat them twice next season).
The new chairman has set out his vision and has appointed someone who he thinks has the ability to do it. This gives me cause for optimism, to moan the conference beckons isn't doing anyone any good. We've at least got to give him our support and a chance!
Man U wont give more than a year deal to someone who is over 35, and what is to say he wouldn't have been plagued by more injuries in his last year.Ryan Lowe was our best player last year, however he wouldn't have got 20 goals if he wasn't taking the penalties. I would have liked him to see out his contract, but the new chairman set out a strategy after we were relegated, at least he is sticking to it, which shows guts. We also got money for him.(Good luck to him at Bury incidentally, as long as we beat them twice next season). The new chairman has set out his vision and has appointed someone who he thinks has the ability to do it. This gives me cause for optimism, to moan the conference beckons isn't doing anyone any good. We've at least got to give him our support and a chance! whitemischief
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7:47pm Wed 28 May 14

Heycock says...

Eliot Richards..."always looks like he can score"
But doesn't. 129 league appearances, 21 goals. Another non striking striker. Close season only just started and the new manager is already following Tranmere's recent tradition of signing the "strikers" no-one else wants.
Look, the standard of football now seen in the lower part of Div 1 downwards through the conference leagues, is so poor as to be barely better than Sunday League. Why not give a couple of local 40 goals a season amateurs a chance. They couldn't do any worse. I've watched Div 1, Div 2 and Conf premier constantly for 45 years and I'd say the difference in strikers throughout is minimal. Defenses are better organised as you go through the divisions but the goal hungry 20/30/40 goals a season thrive regardless of who they play against outside the premiership and championship.
Richards is not a goal scorer,
Eliot Richards..."always looks like he can score" But doesn't. 129 league appearances, 21 goals. Another non striking striker. Close season only just started and the new manager is already following Tranmere's recent tradition of signing the "strikers" no-one else wants. Look, the standard of football now seen in the lower part of Div 1 downwards through the conference leagues, is so poor as to be barely better than Sunday League. Why not give a couple of local 40 goals a season amateurs a chance. They couldn't do any worse. I've watched Div 1, Div 2 and Conf premier constantly for 45 years and I'd say the difference in strikers throughout is minimal. Defenses are better organised as you go through the divisions but the goal hungry 20/30/40 goals a season thrive regardless of who they play against outside the premiership and championship. Richards is not a goal scorer, Heycock
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