Tranmere confirmed the appointment of Mike Jackson as manager on Saturday afternoon, a move which sees the former defender step-up from the position as assistant manager to Micky Mellon.
It’s Jackson’s first permanent manager position and it’s a fascinating appointment. While many fans clamoured for a bigger name, the Jackson appointment is probably entirely sensible given the constraints the club is likely working under.
Furthermore, Jackson provides a level of stabiliy as the club prepare for a League Two season forced upon them by the EFL. While only around 10 of last season’s squad are under contract, Jackson will know these players well and also likely be ready to move on pre-agreed transfer targets.
No contract length has been publicised, but you’d think it most likely his role has been amended to fit with what he had on his previous contract which is believed to have run until summer 2021.
Speaking about his appointment, Jackson 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.”
Tranmere Chaiman 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.”
No return date for training has yet been given, although many clubs in League One and Two are returning to training later this week and early next week, so you’d assume it won’t be long before Rovers are back at it.