Rovers set for new owners

Tranmere could be under new ownership within a "couple of weeks", according to current chairman Peter Johnson.

Last Updated: 17/03/14 at 12:08

Prenton Park: Home to Tranmere Rovers

Prenton Park: Home to Tranmere Rovers

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

The Sky Bet League One have been publicly searching for someone to assume control from the 74-year-old, who claims Rovers need new investment to take them forward.

Johnson is satisfied he has now found the perfect buyer and, barring a late hitch, expects the formalities to be completed swiftly.

"I had to find somebody who loves the club and who the fans can trust," he said in an interview with BBC Late Kick Off.

"I think I've done that now. We expect to make an announcement fairly soon - in a couple of weeks.

"There's many a slip twixt cup and lip and you never know until the ink's dry. (But) I'm quite confident that it's happening."

Last month Michael Wilde, the former chairman of Southampton, pulled out of the running with a bid which would have seen ex-Chelsea defender Albert Ferrer installed as the club's new manager.

The Tranmere Rovers Trust also launched a campaign to try and buy the club themselves but are unlikely to raise the funds needed, according to Johnson.

"It does need money, unfortunately it needs a lot of money," he added.

"We're one of the poorer clubs and our wage bill is quite low compared to some of the clubs in both our division and the division below.

"They (the prospective new owner) are a bit younger than I am. They've got the money and I'm satisfied the fans will be able to trust them."

Assistant manager John McMahon, standing in following Ronnie Moore's suspension, admits the uncertainty over the club's future has left him with little scope to plan beyond this season.

"I think it will be positive if the deal does go through," he said.

"The chairman has been absolutely fantastic for this football club and he deserves a lot of credit for what he's done - both financially and in terms of backing people."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

Y

ou can't blame De Gea for wanting to leave, he has enough to do in front of goal as it is as well as taking on the role of Man Utd's version of Derek Acorah in trying to contact and organise a defence that isn't there.

rodger's gusset
Van Gaal downbeat on De Gea

I

f you want to take six points off Arsenal, then that's a great strike force. Can't imagine either of them showing much for the rest of the season though...

foot in mouth
Adebayor & Berbatov: You Have To Admire The Balls

L

ooks like Real get their man, most likely at their own valuation, yet again. Resistance is futile.

paul7702
Van Gaal downbeat on De Gea

Footer 365

Digne agent denies Liverpool talks

Lucas Digne's agent has denied reports he has held talks with Liverpool regarding a move to Anfield for the Paris Saint-Germain left-back.

Mourinho scuppered Reds' Costa move

A new biography has revealed how Jose Mourinho scuppered Liverpool's bid to sign Diego Costa - a year before he arrived in west London.

Ramos 'extends' Real Madrid contract

Manchester United's pursuit of Sergio Ramos is over after the centre-back agreed a new contract extension at Real Madrid.

Mail Box

De Gea Disrespectful? Remember RVP...

We got dozens of mails from people pointing and laughing at Brian D for suggesting David de Gea has acted disrespectfully; we printed some. And there's more...

Getting Tired Of De Gea's Disrespect

One Manchester United fan is growing weary of David de Gea's disrespect. Plus thoughts on Southampton's summer, Balotelli loan, and Depay in the centre. Why?

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company