FORMER Tranmere player Alan Morgan has joined Southport FC as part of manager Jim Bentley and assistant manager Andy Burgess’ backroom staff.

As a player Morgan reached the 2000 League Cup Final with Rovers during a ten year spell at Prenton Park before embarking on a successful managerial career with Llandudno FC and Colwyn Bay.

Most recently, Morgan had been working with Tranmere as first team player development manager at The Campus, and combining his work with a coaching roles at Vauxhall Motors and Bootle. 

He will continue working with Tranmere alongside his new role at Haigh Avenue.

Upon his appointment, Morgan, said: ““I am really excited to be joining Southport and working with this incredibly talented group of players.

"Myself and Jim have a strong working relationship and I can’t wait to bring my experience in coaching and player development to support Southport Football Club’s ambitious plans for the future.”

Bentley said: “Alan is a good friend of mine and good football man who I know very well going back to our time together at Morecambe.

"He’s a dedicated coach who has a vast experience at different levels of the game.

"He’s currently employed at Tranmere Rovers where he has held numerous roles with the coaching set up and has over the years tied this in whilst coaching at Marine, Vauxhalls Motors and Bootle, experiencing plenty of success over the past few seasons. He has also managed and coached in Welsh football and again, has a strong record in Wales.

"He’s hard working, honest and a very well-respected coach within the game. Myself and Andy are looking forward to working with him at Southport FC.”

Burgess added: “We are delighted with Alan’s appointment and I am thrilled to welcome him to the backroom team at Southport.

"Alan’s passion, work ethic and tactical nous will be invaluable as we prepare for the upcoming season. We now have a terrifically strong backroom team in place and I’m certain the players will benefit massively from the culture of continuous improvement we have developed at the club”.