Date: 14th May 2015 at 6:50pm
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44 year old former midfielder Gary Brabin has been appointed as Tranmere Rovers’ new manager.

Having had managerial experience at Cambridge, Luton and Southport he now takes the reins hoping to push Tranmere back into the Football League at the first time of asking following our successive relegation in 2014-15.

Brabin comes to us with a good record having helped Cambridge to the play off finals in his first season in charge of them before then being voted Manager of the Year in 2009.

Moving on from them he went to Luton Town initially as Chief Scout, before then becoming assistant manager in 2011 he was appointed as manager following the departure of Richard Money.

His first year in charge of Luton saw them reach the play off finals, losing on penalties, and the season after he left them just outside of the play off spots once more with seven games remaining.

He joined Southport in 2014, but moving onto Everton as an Academy coach in January 2015.

Tranmere thank Everton for releasing him to take up the challenge with us.

Speaking to the Official Site about the appointment, chairman Mark Palios explained.

‘Gary was my main target for this role for a number of reasons, although I knew it would be very difficult to tempt him out of an Everton role he was clearly enjoying. Firstly, he is a manager with a strong win rate (over 48%) and a fantastic track record of getting his clubs into the Conference play offs. He achieved this feat in all 3 of his full seasons as manager in the Conference, and left Luton when they were still in a very strong position. Importantly, the job requires a strong character and someone who knows what the weight of expectation of managing a larger club in the Conference feels like. Gary has done this at both Cambridge and Luton.’

Palios went on to say that what was also important was that Brabin isn’t somebody who ‘relies’ on ugly football to get results, he wants to entertain the fans in the process.

‘He is a young progressive manager who has taken the time to study other successful managers both in this country and abroad, and who is very keen to use the best that sports science can offer to ensure that players are at peak fitness and continue to develop throughout their careers. Finally, he is a local man.’

Adding that whilst that wasn’t a prerequisite for the job it means he knows the clubs history, what it means to the fans and that will give a two way affinity as we take on the challenges ahead.

In terms of rebuilding it also means he knows the area, local clubs, scouts and of course has a good knowledge of youth setups locally given his job at Everton.

His tie to Everton itself will also help us nurture our relationship with them when it comes to loaning youthful talent in the future.

Brabin himself said of the appointment.

‘I have gone on record in the past as saying that the role I was doing at Everton was my dream job, and I did not think that anything would tempt me into leaving there. I have had approaches from other Clubs and declined them, but the Tranmere job is special. The chance to lead one of the three famous old Merseyside Clubs back to where it belongs in the League is a fantastic challenge that is hard to resist.’

Brabin also explains that the ‘decision was also partly’ down to the chairman, because he knows he’s a football man through and through and he feels he has a shared vision of what Tranmere needs so he’s looking forward to working together with him to build the foundations we need for success.

‘I know that the Club and its fans are hurting right now because of relegation, but I am confident that we can restore the Club to its former glory and play some football that will put a smile back on the fans` faces.’

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