Keith Hill

Keith Hill sacked by Tranmere Rovers nine days before play-off semi-final

Tranmere Rovers manager Keith Hill has been relieved of his duties, despite reaching the playoffs this season.

Former Bolton and Rochdale manager Keith Hill has been removed from his position of manager, after overseeing only two wins out of Tranmere’s last 11 games in League Two.

Hill took over from Mike Jackson in November 2020 – and took the club from 13th to seventh, as well as reaching the EFL Trophy final – which they lost 1-0 to League One Sunderland.

Tranmere Rovers chairman Mark Palios has taken decisive action in sacking Hill prior to the play-offs, as he believes that assistant manager Ian Dawe will be able to manage individual games better than Clint Hill in his view.

“Despite success achieved on the pitch in the form of securing a place in the Play-Offs and reaching the Papa John’s Trophy final, in the Play-Offs an entire season gets distilled into two or three games. Said Palios.

“I have to do what I think gives us the best chance of achieving promotion in those games and I have reluctantly come to the conclusion that means making the change before the semi-finals begin.”

Assistant manager Ian Dawes will be at the helm for the club’s play-off campaign and will be assisted by youth team manager Andy Parkinson.

Dawe’s first game in charge is a League Two semi-final first leg against Morecambe at Prenton Park on the 20 May.

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