Mar 6 2012 by Nick Hilton, Extra ST
CHAIRMAN Peter Johnson said Tranmere could afford to waste no time in finding a successor to Les Parry, who was dismissed as manager on Sunday. Within 12 hours Rovers had appointed Ronnie Moore for his third spell as team boss at Prenton Park on a contract that runs until the end of the season.
Johnson said: “Ronnie can hit the ground running. It was important to get someone in quickly.
“There were a number of managers in the frame on Sunday but when there are new managers, they are going to take time to do the pre-contract work and be introduced to the players and staff.
“We did not have to do that with Ronnie and I think that weighed heavily in his favour.”
Johnson added: “It was important to get someone in when we have a run of three home games coming up and hopefully he can have an effect from the start.
“There are only 39 points left to play for and we need 15 to 18 of them to be safe in this division.
“It is a big challenge when you consider we’ve had only one win in the last 20 (league and cup) games.
“Ronnie is the type to go into a dressing room and get things buzzing.”
Johnson said his delight in tying up Moore’s appointment was balanced by sadness. “I am sad because Les is a good friend of mine and has done a reasonably good job over the last three years,” he said. “But of course managers pay a price for winning one game in 20. The decision to part company with Les was very difficult indeed. Les suspected things were getting more and more difficult.
“I just kept on waiting for the win. I went to all the away games and sat on the coach and we always thought a win was going to happen today.
“But in the end you weigh up the pros and cons. There were only 39 points left to play for and we needed about half of them. Unfortunately a change in the manager is the only way forward.
“Les came down to my house on Sunday morning and we had a chat. I felt that making a change was the best move and I don’t think Les had a lot of argument on the point.”
Moore has signed a short-term contract that covers of 13 games remaining in the League One programme. Decisions about the longer-term future will have to wait
Johnson said: “I think we just want to get to the end of the season and take stock from there.”
Johnson says he has no doubt about Moore’s enthusiasm for returning to management, 12 months after parting company company with his last club, Rotherham United. He said: “Ronnie would have walked over broken glass to get here.”