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Edwards keen to win with style

New Tranmere boss Rob Edwards says the club needs to excite supporters and play with freedom next season.

The 41-year-old was unveiled as the successor to Ronnie Moore at Prenton Park on Tuesday morning and the former Wales international spoke of his excitement at the potential the club has.

And while he admits hitting the ground running following relegation to League Two is vital, Edwards promised fans an attacking mindset.

"We need to win games for sure, I won't be here too long if we don't, but we need to do it with a style," he said.

"We need to excite the people who come to this ground and pay their hard-earned money. It will be a forward-thinking team who will try and score as many goals as it can.

"The players will hopefully be free to go and make decisions and enjoy playing in it. I want the supporters to play a part in making the atmosphere really vibrant and upbeat with a free-playing style of play.

"For my first job I probably didn't expect to get a club with the potential this club has got. That excites me. If I can get this club going and at the top of the league with a really good start to the season I think the club can move forward very quickly."

Since Edwards hung up his boots he has worked at developing young players at Exeter alongside his role as assistant manager and he took charge of the Grecians' Under-21 side which reached the quarter-finals of the Premier League Under-21 cup this season - defeating the likes of Southampton, Crystal Palace and Blackburn en route.

And his final match before leaving St James Park after eight years saw 10 youth products in the matchday squad that beat Hartlepool 2-0 and he intends to continue that focus on improving and developing players at his new employer.

He explained: "I have been ready to manage for a couple of years now and I think I've been given this opportunity because I know the league and the league above and in the last couple of years I've worked with young players and tried to help develop a home-grown team at Exeter.

"We finished the last game of the season with nine players who we'd produced (getting game time) which was a lot of hard work by a lot of people.

"The club needs to produce more home-grown players as well as winning games as well."