Mike Jackson has spoken for the first time since he was sacked by Tranmere Rovers on Saturday evening after just 10 matches in charge.

The 46-year-old was relieved of his duties by chairman Mark Palios immediately after a 1-0 home defeat to Morecambe at Prenton Park - Rovers' fourth defeat in five matches.

A former player of the club, Jackson had been back at Prenton Park on the coaching staff since 2016, when he was brought in as Micky Mellon's assistant manager, winning a double promotion from the National League back into EFL League One.

But after assuming the top job following Mellon's summer departure, poor results and performances ensured that his managerial tenure was short-lived.

In a statement released by the League Manager's Association, Jackson said: "Tranmere Rovers has given me some great moments since I re-joined the club as Assistant Manager with Micky Mellon.

"From the start of our journey in the National League, I have enjoyed four memorable years at the club including three special days at Wembley and back to back promotions.

"I’d like to thank all of the staff and players for their efforts over the years and for giving everything to help us to achieve our goals. I’d also like to thank the owners for giving me the opportunity to manage this special club, which has had a big impact on my career as a player and as a coach. Lastly, thank you to the fans for their continued support throughout this difficult period.

"The challenges we have faced as a club this past 12 months have forced us to adapt and make wholesale changes to the team and staff. When I took over from Micky in the summer, we had a plan to rebuild and get back to winning games.

"For a number of reasons, this was an increasingly difficult task and the squad has only recently become close to full strength. It is disappointing to be leaving but I believe I have left the club with a good group of players and I am sure it is only a matter of time before the players will achieve the success the club and the fans deserve.

"I wish the very best of luck to all at Tranmere Rovers."

Rovers are now working hard to appoint Jackson's successor.

As of yet, no clear front-runner has emerged, but speculation around figures with links to the club or area such as ex-Southampton boss Nigel Adkins and former Wigan Athletic gaffer Paul Cook continues to gather momentum.

Other potential targets include former Huddersfield and Lincoln manager Danny Cowley and Graham Alexender, who was recently let go by Salford City.

Tranmere are back in action this evening, on the road against Harrogate Town and with no new manager yet in place, assistant manager Ian Dawes and Youth Academy Manager Andy Parkinson are expected to take control of the team for tonight's fixture.