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KEITH HILL SACKED: Tranmere Rovers sack manager before play-offs

KEITH HILL SACKED: Tranmere Rovers sack manager before play-offs

Keith Hill has been sacked by Tranmere Rovers before the League Two play-offs with the club’s chairman saying it ‘gives us the best chance of achieving promotion’.

In an extraordinary move, the Sky Bet League Two side have parted company with a manager who only joined in November and guided the club to a 7th place finish and a domestic cup final just before their play-off campaign begins with a semi-final against Morecambe.

 

Initial success

 

Hill may feel hard done by, having won 50% of his 40 games in charge of Rovers since replacing Mike Jackson in November. They initially shot up the table having been in 13th place and Hill also took them to the Papa Johns Trophy Final where they were beaten by Sunderland of League One.

However, the form did slip after that final and they only won 3 of their final 13 games to limp into the play-offs in 7th place.

 

‘Gives us best chance’

 

Clearly, that loss of form has been key in forcing chairman Mark Palios into this drastic decision as Tranmere look to take the play-off route back to League One, which is notoriously tricky.

Palios said: “Despite success achieved on the pitch in the form of securing a place in the play-offs and reaching the Papa John’s Trophy Final, in the play-offs an entire season gets distilled into two or three games.

“I have to do what I think gives us the best chance of achieving promotion in those games and I have reluctantly come to the conclusion that means making the change before the semi-finals begin.”

Instead, it will be Ian Dawes who takes charge of Tranmere Rovers with Andy Parkinson assisting him. The first leg of their play-off semi-final is at Prenton Park against Morecambe on Thursday 20th May and the return leg is on Sunday 23rd May.


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