Tranmere have confirmed the appointment of John Warrington as their new manager after Micky Mellon stepped down earlier in the day.
Warrington had two spells at Prenton Park as a player, scoring 33 goals in 100 appearances at the beginning and end of his playing career. He has been working with the Under 18's squad at Tranmere following his retirement from playing at the end of the 2016/17 season and has expressed an interest in management in the past.
Micky Mellon, 46, leaves Prenton Park after seeing his side fail to gain promotion back into SkyBet League One after suffering successive relegations in the 2015/16 and 2016/17 seasons. Mellon's assistant Mike Jackson has also left Tranmere.
Tranmere chairman Mark Palios said: "I am delighted to bring John in as manager of Tranmere Rovers. Whilst he lacks experience in a management role, there is no person who knows this club more than John himself. He's not only an ex-player, but he's also been working with the under 18's for the past year. Most importantly, he's a Tranmere fan and has the passion to see this club climb back up to the very top."
Warrington added: "I'm delighted to be taking over here at Tranmere and I really feel like this is a club that could far."
"Obviously the club has experienced a difficult couple of years, two of which I experienced during the end of the playing career. However, I see a lot of potential in the current squad of players and I honestly believe that we have what it takes to climb back up to not only League One but the Championship."
"I played with the likes of Steve (McNulty) and James (Norwood) during the final year of my playing career so I'm in a very good place to hit the ground running as the manager of Tranmere Rovers. I've also spent the last year working with the Under 18's so I also have a good knowledge of some of the talented lads we've got coming through."