"Tranmere will never be able to compete with Liverpool and Everton. They're like big liners like the Queen Mary, but I see Tranmere as a Deadly Submarine" - Johnny King (Tranmere legend)
January 2023 - May 2023
A fantastic end to the season has seen us finish 4th and book us a place in the Champions League for next season. I'm absolutely delighted and I can't wait to see how we get on in Europe's Premier competition, especially given our performances in the Europa League.
To start the second half of the season saw us forced into some transfer business. Man United activated Mauricio Fragata's release clause of 69 million and the Argentine was on his way. To replace him, I brought in Guilherme Arana on loan from Athletico Madrid. He impressed so much in the second season that we've already agreed on a fee to buy him this summer.
Both our domestic cup runs were ended in the semi-final which was a little frustrating. Chelsea beat us 3-2 on aggregate in the Carabao Cup, though we really should have beaten them. Man City were just too good for us in the FA Cup semi-final.
Our Europa League run has been a joy to watch and we have a final to play against Napoli. Along the way we have not only beaten teams, we've destroyed them. We beat Besiktas 8-1 away from home, Leverkusen 5-1, Inter 6-0 and Sevilla 7-0 at Prenton Park. That shows that we are able to compete with some of the best teams in Europe and hopefully we can win it when we play Napoli.
James Wilson has been the stand out player this season, scoring 44 and assisting 31 with an average rating of 7.88, He's actually scored more Europa League goals than Premier League goals though!
One player to mention aswell is Earldon Roberts. He came up in our youth intake for this season and my report said this....
I almost wet my pants with excitement! I decided to give him a game against Stoke and he went and scored. By doing so, he became the youngest goalscorer in Tranmere and Premier League history.
- James Wilson - 44
Highest Average Rating
- James Wilson - 7.88
- James Wilson - 31
Best Pass Completion
- Agustin Rossi - 87%
- James Wilson - 13
Most Yellow Cards
- Ola Aina - 17
Most Red Cards
- Mauricio Fragata, Ben Godfrey, Brian O'Connor, Emerson Hyndman - 1
Not too bad injury wise but I feel for Ben Godfrey. He was playing well up until his injury and his injury is probably the worst one I've seen during my reign as boss. A broken leg sees him out for 5 months. Jake Cooper was the only other major injury during the second half of the season, missing a month with a twisted ankle.
Manager of the Month x1
Player of the Month x1
Young Player of the Month x4
Young Player of the Month x1