Tranmere Rovers
Tranmere Rovers are a football club from Wirral, which is on the outskirts of Liverpool. However, they are forever living in the shadow of Merseyside giants Everton and Liverpool, two club particularly disliked by the clubs supporters. The club are currently residing in Coca Cola League One, and, for the near future at least, look destined to stay there. The clubs finest years came during the John King era, when the were upon the brink of the Premiership 3 years in succession, and toppled Premiership sides Aston Villa, Chelsea, Coventry, Millwall and Middlesbrough during King's spell in charge.King also brought in legendary striker John Aldridge, who went on to manage the club, and took them to the league cup final in 2000. Aldridge also masterminded shock victories for Rovers against Southampton and Everton in the FA cup. However, Aldridge eventually resigned with the club struggling in Division 1, and they were eventually relegated. They have been in Division Two (now known as Coca-Cola division one) ever since, with the closest they have been to a return to the Coca-Cola championship being a semi-final play-off appearance during the 2004/05 season. The club are currently managed by Ronnie Moore, a former Tranmere player. They finished 9th during the 2006/07 season, but they have a reputation for running out of steam around the January period. For the last few years, they have been caught in mid-table mediocrity, unable to reach the play-offs, but too good to go down. The lack of a real local rivalry for Rovers has resulted in Oldham becoming their biggest enemies in recent years, not least because Ronnie Moore left Oldham to become Tranmere boss.
 General Information
Year Founded: 1884
Chairman Status: Enjoying life at the club
Favoured Personnel: Iain Hume, Les Parry, Warwick Rimmer, Gareth Roberts, Ronnie Moore, Steven Davies, Jim Harvey
Fierce Rivals: Everton, Liverpool
Other Rivals: Bolton, Chester, Wrexham, Oldham, Blackpool, Stockport
Estimated Value: £2.3m (Loan debt: £6.5m)
Stadium: Prenton Park, Birkenhead
Stadium Capacity: 16567 all-seater
Pitch Dimensions: Length: 101m, Width: 64m
Maximum Pitch Dimensions: Length: 106m, Width: 70m
Reserve Stadium Riveracre Park, Ellesmere Port
Training Facilities: Average training facilities
Youth Facilities: Average youth facilities + Youth Academy
Continental Competition: None
Media Prediction: 9th
Squad Average Age 25
Squad Personality: Determined
Club Captain: Ian Goodison
Affiliated Clubs Vauxhall Motors (Feeder Club)
 Transfer Budgets
Bank Balance- £189k
 Wage Budget
Wage Budget-£31.47K p/w
Current Wage-£26.02K p/w
Average Wage-£667 p/w
 Board Expectations
Coca Cola League 1- Achieve a respectable league position
Fa Cup- Third Round
League Cup- Second Round
Johnson's Paint Trophy- Semi Final
 The Squad
John Achterberg- The Dutch shot stopper is a Rovers legend, having been at the club since 1998, and is arguably their greatest ever 'keeper. Achterberg has recently taken up a role as a coach along side his playing duties, and should be solid back up when called upon.
Danny Coyne- The Welshman has 15 caps for his country, and has recently returned to Rovers after leaving the club in 1999 to join Grimsby. First choice at the club, and should be able to do a good job. However, Coyne is 33 and Achterbeg 2 years older, and so it is advisable to seek out a long term replacement.
Robbie Stockdale, RB- The Scottish international has Premier League experience with Middlesbrough, and was signed by Tranmere during the summer for £30k from Hull City. The only natural right back in the squad, and as such will surely make the position his own.
Andy Taylor, LB- Began his careers with Premier League Blackburn Rovers, but moved to Tranmere after impressing during a loan spell at the club. Probably the best left back in the squad, and has the ability to play at a higher level.
Ian Goodison, DC- Signed from Jamaican club Sema United during the 2003/04 season, he has become one of the key players at the club, and currently wears the captains armband. With 100 caps for his country, he is the most experienced outfield player in the squad, and leads his younger team mates by example.
Anthony Kay, DRC, MC- Another new signing, this time on a free from Barnsley, the versatile defender-cum-midfielder should start off as Goodison's partner at centre back, and is capable of shifting into midfield if needs be.
Ben Chorley, DC, DM- A decent back up centre back who can slot in at centre back if Kay is injured or playing in midfield. He is a good header and tackler, although he is quite slow, and could be caught out by fast strikers.
Shane Sherriff, DLC, WBL- A former Australia U21 defender, he signed from Danish team AGF at the start of the 2006-07 season on a free transfer. He has good all round stats, but no outstanding ones. His natural position is centre back, but he is the squads only left back besides Andy Taylor.
Steve Jennings, MRC- A product of the Tranmere youth system, he is a talented player and a good passer of the ball. Probably the best natural central midfielder in the squad from the start, he should be able to nail down a starting place.
Chris Shuker, AMR- Named in the league 1 team of the year during the 06/07 season, Shuker is a pacey, skillful winger who can torment full-backs throughout the league. But at just 5'5ft, he lacks physical strength, and will not relish coming up against tough tackling defenders.
Steven Davies, AML, ST- Another player from Rovers academy, he is similar to Shuker on the right, and with the two of them on the wings, the strikers should receive good service.
Jennison Myrie-Williams, AML, ST- On loan from Championship side Bristol City, he is another flying winger, and can be used as an impact substitute in the last few minutes of games when the opposition defence is tiring. He is also the best free-kick taker in the squad.
Paul McLaren, MC- The experienced midfielder, who has travelled the lower leagues with Rotherham, Sheffield Wednesday and Luton, is probably the best option to partner Jennings in the centre, although McLaren is not outstanding, and the squad could probably use another central midfielder.
Adnan Ahmed, MC- A new signings on a free transfer from Huddersfield, the central midfielder from Pakistan should compete with McLaren to partner Jennins unless a new midfielder is brought in.
Craig Curran, AMRC, FC- Yet another Academy player, he is trying to break into the first team. Scored 4 goals in 4 games last season, and is still just 17. Probably won't be first choice from the beginning, but could eventually make it into the first team.
Chris Greenacre, ST- A prolific goalscorer over the last 2 season, having scored 33 league goals during that period, he should earn a place in the starting line up, and is the best finisher in the squad.
Calvin Zola, ST- Zola is not a prolific goalscorer, but he is superb in the air, with 18 for his heading stat and 15 for his jumping, and Greenacre should be able to feed off Zola's knock downs.
Ian Moore, ST- Not the most talented player in the squad, but Moore has an excellent work rate, and will run his heart out and pop up with the odd goal. However, he is the most highly paid player in the squad, earnings nearly 3k a week, and it may be a wise decision to try and get him off the pay-roll.
Mick Horton, Chairman
Lorraine Rogers, Managing Director
Norman Wilson, Director
Richard Hughes, Director
Tony Adams, Director
Ronnie Moore, Manager
Peter Shirtliff, Assistant Manager
John Achterberg, Goalkeeping Coach
Kenny Shiels, Youth Coach
Warwick Rimmer, Youth Coach
Shaun Garnett, Youth Coach
Les Parry, Physio
Dave Philpotts, Scout
 Suggested Sigings
With only 18 first team players, one of whom is on loan, Tranmere really cannot afford to sell anyone, and if they suffer a couple of injuries, the team could be thrown into crisis. The starting line-up is actually quite good, but there is a shocking lack of depth. The top priority upon arriving at the club should be to get in some new players, whether they be free signings, loan players, or bargain buys- anything to pad out the squad and add some depth.
Seyfro Soley, DC, DM- A towering, powerful holding midfielder, the Gambia international is available on a free transfer, and should be a good partner for Jennings. He can also fill in very capably at centre back if needed.
Jamie Adams, DM- An alternative to Soley, the Scotland U21 midfielder can be bought from Kilmarnock in a structured deal worth around 70K.
Danny Cullip, DC- The squad currently has just 4 centre backs, and Kay and Sherriff may well be needed as full backs or in midfield. Signing Cullip, currently a free agent, would free up Sherriff to play left back whenever Andy Taylor is out.
Mark Little, DRC- Avaliable on loan from Wolves. The only natural full-back in the squad is Robbie Stockdale, and the only other player who can slot in there is first chocie centre-back Anthony Kay, which is why Little is needed.
Scott Golbourne, D/WB/ML- Similar reasons to Little for this signing, the only left back is Andy Taylor, and Golbourne is available on loan from Reading. However, if Cullip is signed, Golbourne is probably not needed.
Parent Club-I requested a parent club, and was offered Wigan, Manchester United, or Manchester City. Although United are the obvious option, I chose City, due to their better youth set up. I managed to sign Kasper Schmeichel and Ched Evans on loan, to add more depth and quality to me team.
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