TRANMERE Rovers say they are delighted to confirm their new first team manager.

Having considered a long list of extremely high-calibre candidates who registered their interest in the vacant position, the club has confirmed that Mike Jackson will take the reins.

Jackson, a former Rovers player between 2004 and 2006, served as assistant manager under predecessor Micky Mellon.

And he says that he cannot wait to get started, knowing all too well what is demanded by both the club and supporters.

He said: “I am really proud to have this opportunity to manage this fantastic football club that I have played for and coached.

“I am really excited about getting going. It is a great challenge and I can’t wait to get started.

“I understand exactly what is required to manage this football club and what is expected from a Tranmere manager, and a Tranmere player, and I am determined to help move the football club in the right direction.

“I know what the supporters expect from a Tranmere Rovers team, and the important role they play, and as a club, we are focused on moving forwards together.”

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Chairman Mark Palios said: “Mike has been a big part of our success in recent years and has earned his chance to make the step up to managing the team.

“He is a great coach with a forward-thinking approach to the game and understands the Tranmere DNA. On top of all of this, he is a proven winner in his career to date.

“Having spent many hours talking to Mike over the last couple of weeks regarding his plans for development of the team, I was excited by his ideas and also mindful of the benefits of the continuity that his appointment would represent.

“He knows the players in our squad, how to get the best out of them and where we need to strengthen.

“I am looking forward to working with him in his new role at the club.”