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

I

think Finnegans Wake would have been a better reference point than Ulysses. Far more rambling and incomprehensible.

debra2927
Football People On TV: Garth Crooks

I

f I recall correctly, Degsy predicted a 100/1 shot correctly the week after his 150/1 Blackpool 4 - 3 Bolton call. I stuck a fiver on it as an idle bet. Paid for a stag do in Munich. Heady days...

baldini
Backing Hull To Beat United 2-1...

R

odgers prefers Joe Allen to Lucas? If this is true then I'm setting aside a fortnight to finally learn the rules of American Football and I'll give up on real football.

godzilla
The Jammy Gossip

Footer 365

Jose Mourinho happy to manage another English club in the future

Jose Mourinho would be prepared to take charge of another English club if Chelsea decide to replace him.

Carlton Cole doesn't know if he will stay at West Ham next season

West Ham striker Carlton Cole revealed he still does not know where his future lies beyond this season.

Louis van Gaal believes David De Gea will stay at Manchester United

Louis van Gaal believes David De Gea will stay at Manchester United despite speculation linking him with Real Madrid.

Mail Box

Only One Real Manager Of The Year

Winning the Premier League with the best squad in the Premier League is only par; Ronald Koeman did a whole lot better. Plus, the last word on Raheem and...

Don't Slate Sterling For Ambition...

Raheem Sterling deserves credit for his desire to quit Liverpool, according to one mailboxer. Also: why football should not be compared to business and Degsy's latest spot of bother...

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