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Edwards lands Tranmere post

Tranmere have confirmed former Wales defender Rob Edwards as their new manager.

Tranmere have just suffered relegation from League One - primarily under the guidance of Ronnie Moore, who was sacked in early April after admitting a breach of betting regulations.

Edwards, 41, recently left his role as assistant manager at Exeter, where he helped the Grecians achieve back-to-back promotions from the Conference to League One.

It is rumoured Edwards turned down a coaching role at a Premier League club to take the reins at Prenton Park.

He told the Rovers website: "I would like to thank everyone at the club for this fantastic opportunity. I've worked hard for this chance and feel I've been ready to manage for some time.

"I've ready to put into practice the skills I've learned from 25 years in the game that has seen me work with, and learn from, some superb managers and excellent players.

"My aim is to make sure we are challenging at the top end of the table, as well as setting up a structure to produce more home grown players.

"I've played at Prenton Park many times and always found it a tough place to play, with the fans really backing their team with passion and support. That experience has stuck with me and I want to make this a difficult place to come once again."

Tranmere chief executive Jeremy Butler added: "We drew up a profile for our new manager before we began an extensive search and Rob fills all of the criteria.

"We want a manager capable of winning promotion but also one able to improve our current bright young talents, as well as putting in place a pathway to bring through more players from our Academy.

"Rob has an excellent track record of developing players and we expect his determination to play a style of vibrant attacking football next season will produce a successful campaign.

"He has expert knowledge of League Two football and the players and systems we will come up against, as well as the experience of mounting a push for promotion from League One."