Feb 20 2013 David Triggs
RONNIE MOORE expects to bolster his Tranmere Rovers squad with some much-needed reinforcements in time for the weekend.
The Rovers boss watched his out-of-form side – missing a host of key players due to injury and suspension – tumble to a 3-1 defeat at home to Swindon Town last night.
But Moore expects to discover this morning whether a new striker will be joining on loan, while he is also close to coming to an agreement to bring fit-again Middlesbrough defender Ben Gibson – who spent the first half of the season on loan with Rovers – back to the club for a second spell.
Tranmere face competition from no fewer than five other clubs for the striker’s signature, according to Moore.
Last night’s loss was Rovers’ fourth on the spin and during that time they have slipped from first to sixth in the League One table.
Moore said: “In the crowd one or two people were having a go. You can understand why. They get frustrated. What they’ve got to realise is that team which played tonight is seven players short of what the team has been. What we’ve been and where we are is basically down to those seven lads.
“Jake Cassidy has gone back, Ben Gibson has gone back and you’ve got five out suspended or injured. Manchester United can’t lose seven players and stay top of the league.”
Gibson has been out injured since December while loan striker Cassidy returned to his parent club Wolves in January. Skipper James Wallace remains sidelined with a serious knee injury, while last night Moore was also without the suspended Liam Palmer and Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro and the injured Danny Holmes and Adam McGurk.
Meanwhile, Swindon caretaker manager Fabrizio Piccareta revealed after last night’s victory that he and his entire coaching staff intended to resign this morning in support of boss Paolo Di Canio, who quit the Robins on Monday.