Tranmere SACK boss Keith Hill on eve of League Two play-offs

Sacked… even though he DID reach the Play-Offs! Tranmere get rid of manager Keith Hill days before their League Two semi-final, in a bid to give themselves ‘the best chance of promotion’ after his fall-out with players

  • Tranmere chairman Mark Palios elected to sack boss Keith Hill on Tuesday
  • The decision comes a week before the League Two Play-Offs get underway
  • Palios believes moving on from Hill gives the club the best chance to go up 

Keith Hill has been sacked with immediate effect by Tranmere Rovers just a week before the League Two play-offs begin.  

The decision, which has been praised by many supporters, was taken by chairman Mark Palios on Tuesday. 

In a statement Palios insisted that the decision to axe Hill now ‘gives us the best chance of promotion’ as they face Morecambe in a semi-final first leg at Prenton Park next Thursday.

Keith Hill has been dismissed with immediate effect by Tranmere on the eve of the Play-Offs

A short statement detailed how chairman Mark Palios feels axing Hill now can help promotion

Palios said: ‘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. 

‘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.’

Ian Dawes will take charge for the Play-Offs and Dawes will be assisted in the dug-out by Andy Parkinson.

Players were criticised by Hill after a 0-0 draw with Colchester which sealed seventh position

Hill’s final game in charge proved to be a 0-0 stalemate with Colchester United in which Tranmere secured a seventh-placed finish in League Two.

Two wins in the last 11 games saw Tranmere survive dropping out of the top seven and supporters grew tired of the former Rochdale boss. 

Comments made after that game raised eyebrows among the fan-base with Hill, who took over in November, appearing to shift the blame onto his players for mistakes that cost them one of the three automatic promotion spots. 

‘Our form since Wembley hasn’t been great and it’s been very difficult managing this group of players,’ he told BBC Radio Merseyside

He latter added: ‘Players have got to accept individual responsibilities. It’s not my fault. That’s one thing I do know.’ 

Hill guided the club to Wembley for the Papa John’s Trophy final but fans backed the decision

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