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Last Updated: Friday, 9 June 2006, 15:40 GMT 16:40 UK
Moore appointed as Tranmere boss
Ronnie Moore
Moore was a popular player during his spells at Prenton Park
Tranmere Rovers have appointed Ronnie Moore as their new manager - eight days after he parted company with Oldham.

He replaces Brian Little, who left Prenton Park by mutual consent just before the end of the season.

Moore, 53, made nearly 300 appearances for Rovers in two spells between 1971 and 1989, and was player-coach and then assistant manager under John King.

Since then, he has managed Rotherham, leading them to two promotions, before spending a year as Oldham manager.

Latics managing director Simon Corney claimed last week that Moore's departure came because of poor season ticket sales.

But Tranmere chairman Lorraine Rogers insists they are delighted to have secured his services.

This club has had a lot of my life - it's like when you meet your first girlfriend

Ronnie Moore
"He was first choice for the position," she said.

"He was the only candidate with experience of League One and the Championship, and who had managed a team to promotion out of our division."

Moore himself claimed that being appointed as manager of his old club was "like when you meet your first girlfriend".

He added: "This club has had a lot of my life and to be in charge, you can take them where they belong, which is the Championship.

"But it won't be easy and it won't happen overnight.

"I've been here as a player, as assistant manager and as caretaker manager, so it's nice to come back when you've been here for such a long time.

"It was a disappointing season last season, but the season before that was magnificent so there's not a great deal wrong. It's a great challenge and a great opportunity for me."

Moore will now join his family on holiday in Malaga, but will return to the Wirral on Monday to bolster his squad.

"We've got 10 players who are under contract or who have been offered contracts, so there's scope to bring 10 or 12 players in," he said.

"Whether the quality's out there is debatable. There are still good players, but we have to move sharpish."

Brentford's Martin Allen and former Leicester boss Craig Levein had also been linked with the job.

SEE ALSO
Tranmere boss Little steps down
05 May 06 |  Tranmere Rovers
Sheridan replaces Moore at Oldham
01 Jun 06 |  Oldham Athletic


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