After only one win in twenty games, Tranmere manager Les Parry was sacked on Sunday after a run which has seen the super white army win just one of their last eleven games. It came as a somewhat as a surprise to many who thought it was inevitable that Parry’s job was still safe with the prudent owners unwilling to spend added cash.
It now seems that Saturday’s 1-0 loss at Chesterfield was the final nail in the coffin and after the defeat to one of our relegation rivals Chairman Peter Johnson ended Les Parry’s tenure as manager.
Don’t get me wrong, Parry has been a fantastic servant to the club and his determination to succeed as a football manager is admirable. However, the job has gradually few tougher and tougher for Parry, and ultimately a run of poor form has ended in Parry being sacked.
Parry will be best known for his service as the club’s physiotherapist. He has been at the club for over 1000 games and surprisingly managed to keep Tranmere in the league two seasons ago with a victory on the last day against already relegated Stockport County.
At times, Parry’s ego hasn’t helped him at all. His stubbornness to change things and his inability to change a game has proved his downfall. I’m unsure whether he will get another manager’s job but I know for sure he has a very good CV. As a result “Dr” Les Parry will almost certainly be able to get a physiotherapy job either at a new football club or elsewhere. That is the least he deserves.
I expected Parry’s replacement to be someone associated with the club or a manager who demands a very low wage and Martin Allen’s name had been linked with the job. However the club announced last night that Ronnie Moore will take charge of the club on an interim basis until the end of the season.
Moore previously managed the club for the three years from 2006 but was dismissed after missing out on the League One playoffs at the end of the 2009 season. The decision to bring him back will be welcomed by the fans who still believe that Moore shouldn’t have been sacked in the first place. I am confident that he is the right man to ensure that Tranmere remain in League One come May.
By Tranmere Rovers blogger James Formstone