Tranmere Rovers have today confirmed the sacking of manager Keith Hill.
Despite guiding the club to the League Two play-offs, Tranmere chairman Mark Palios has made the decision to relieve Hill of his duties as first-team manager with immediate effect.
The 51-year-old had been coming under increased scrutiny over the last few months after a string of underwhelming performances, and a controversial post-match interview on Saturday as the club snuck into the League Two play-off picture.
Hill’s assistant Ian Dawes will take charge for the play-offs and he will be assisted by Andy Parkinson, with Rovers set to face off against Derek Adams’ Morecambe next Thursday at Prenton Park.
Speaking about the decision to sack Hill to the club’s official website, chairman Mark 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.”
The news created a mixture of responses from fans on social media, with many outside of Tranmere somewhat perplexed at the announcement of the sacking.
However, it appears the majority of the Tranmere faithful are positive about this bold call from Palios, as per the reaction on Twitter.
Here, we take a look at a selection of responses from Tranmere fans to the big news….
One of the best decisions you’ve ever made Mark!! Just me who thinks we can win the playoffs now?
— Jim Royale (@RichardBrady2) May 11, 2021
100% the correct decision and a ballsy one. Into these games with full togetherness now as a club. EVERY BALLS A WHITE BALL
— Luke Roberts (@LukeyRoberts) May 11, 2021
All fans must be behind this decision. The games under Dawes and Parky were the catalyst for the season turnaround. Hill just bounced into a winning team and when shit got tough he just had a go at the fans and players. Big boost going into the play offs. Viva MP NP SWA💙🤍
— Crabtree74 (@SimonCrabtree17) May 11, 2021
At last! The dross he was serving up on the pitch should have made his position untenable, but that final post-match interview was unacceptable and unforgivable. I suddenly feel optimistic going into the play-offs. At least we know Dawes & Parky will have us attacking the games.
— Benny Maths (@BennyMaths) May 11, 2021
It was the only decision possible given the recent performances & press-conference debacles. Well done Mark. That could turn our season & give us confidence. Two season tickets will definitely be renewed. #SWA
— Dave Ridgway (@DaveRidgway2) May 11, 2021
Thank you @markpalios1 @NicolaPalios it was more than needed after his most recent post match interview! Big decision and you made it to give us a chance in these playoffs. I’m well up for next Thursday now c’mon whites!! SWA ⚪️🔵
— Mark. (@thebernieb) May 11, 2021
The best decision you could possibly make, thank you for listening to the entire fan base, it simply couldn’t continue, now let’s go and attack them playoffs, up the swa 💙
— Myles Faulkner (@Myles_Trfc) May 11, 2021
Wow, the Paliosi definitely have big balls that’s for sure. Sad really but inevitable, turning on them players and the fans during a run of poor form was only never going to end well.
— Steve Travis (@stpauliwhite) May 11, 2021
— John Troup (@TroupyTRFC) May 11, 2021
— OhBirkenhead (@OhBirkenhead) May 11, 2021
Should have done it 5-7 games ago when it was obvious, would probably have gone up automatically, too little too late, just hope this galvanises the squad and we secure play off promotion but I think it's too tall an order. Cmon Dawes and Parky, work that magic!
— Gary (@garytweeter) May 11, 2021