Tough times for Tranmere

Micky Adams

Micky Adams

Tranmere Rovers are joint-bottom of League Two, 6 points off safety. For a long time, Tranmere had been an established League One club, that would bask in the comfort of lower mid-table most seasons.

However, their form since relegation typifies the tight and unpredictable nature of England’s basement division. The likes of Tranmere, Carlisle and Hartlepool, who have recently come down from League One, are struggling at the bottom, while teams like Luton and Newport, who have recently come up from the Conference, are competing for promotion. Wycombe stayed up on the final day last season and are now top of the league, while York were in the play-offs in May and are now battling at the bottom.

Past statuses mean little in League Two, and Tranmere are now in serious danger of going down. The club have suffered from financial problems of late, and had a change at board level. Chairman Peter Johnson has recently left, and FA chief executive and former Tranmere player Mark Palios, has taken a controlling interest. With uncertainty off the field, Tranmere have been forced to sell key players this summer, including long-serving defender Ash Taylor, and top scoring striker Ryan Lowe.

Tranmere have loaned in 9 different players since the season started, with 34 players used, meaning that new manager Micky Adams inherits a very unsettled squad. The average age of the outfield team that played their last match, a 2-1 defeat to Southend, was just 22. The team has a worrying lack of experience, and physical prowess, which may be costly in their battle to beat the drop.