WAYNE ALLISON has paid the price, with his job, for the reorganisation of the backroom staff Tranmere take into next season.
Coach Allison departed Prenton Park feeling “bitterly disappointed” yesterday after discovering that Rovers’ staff budget for the new campaign will not allow manager Les Parry to keep both of the senior coaches who worked under his command over the last eight months.
Shaun Garnett, who stepped up from reserve and youth team duties last October, is expected to be installed as number two, as soon as Parry’s appointment as manager for the new season is confirmed over the next few days.
But there is no room in the budget for Allison, as Tranmere look to fund the appointment of a youth coach to replace Garnett and a full-time physiotherapist to replace Parry in the treatment room.
Yorkshireman Allison, 41, known throughout the game as “The Chief” won widespread respect for his contribution in helping Parry’s regime guide Tranmere to a safe League One finish after the sacking of John Barnes and Jason McAteer two months into the 2009/10 campaign.
Parry said: “I’m very sorry to see Wayne leave the club. He did a great job while he was here and the three of us worked well as a team. Unfortunately, looking at the staffing budgets, decisions had to be made. Further discussions will take place with the board regarding the new staffing structure.”
Allsion said: “I’m bitterly disappointed to be leaving the club in the manner it has happened.
“I was hoping everything would get sorted out because I would like to think that all three of us have done a reasonable job of keeping the team in the division. We all worked very hard last season and over the summer to make sure we were in a better position to start the next campaign.
“Things have dragged on and the uncertainty of who would be in charge and whether all three of us would still be here has been hard but we have all just carried on as normal. But the chairman has decided that there’s only funding for one coach so it’s me that’s left.
“I really enjoyed working there (at Tranmere). The fans were great and I had a great relationship with Les and Shaun and the rest of the staff. It’s been an education and an experience which I hope will stand me in good stead, when another opportunity arises.”
Yorkshireman Allison, a tall and powerful striker, served Tranmere as a player between 1999 and 2002 and worked as a coach in brief spells at Bury and Chester before linking up with Parry and Garnett last October.
The trio initially worked on a caretaker basis, then just before Christmas, were invited by chairman Peter Johnson to carry on until the end of the season.
They brought their mission to a successful conclusion when a final-game victory at Stockport secured a safe, 19th-place finish.
However, Tranmere’s battle for financial security is a longer-term affair. Rovers recorded operating losses of around £1million during many recent seasons and they have not always been able to fall back on player sales and cup runs to balance the books.
The club have introduced a number of measures to reduce those losses since Johnson, the controlling shareholder, took back the reins of day-to-day control at Prenton Park a year ago.
Meanwhile Allison is already looking for another opportunity in coaching and management. He boasts impressive qualifications in both football and academic fields.
He is the holder of UEFA Pro Licence, A Licence and B Licence, the FA Preliminary Coaching Licence and the League Manager’s Association certificate in Applied Management.
He also has a PhD and BSc’s in sports science.