Vanarama National League club Tranmere Rovers have parted company with manager Gary Brabin after Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Sutton United.

The move was announced in a statement released by chairman Mark Palios on the Rovers website on Sunday morning.

It read “Gary Brabin and I have agreed today that his position at Tranmere will end immediately.

I would like to thank Gary for his hard work and contribution over the past 16 months in building a strong squad of players, getting us back fighting for promotion places and setting some Club records in the process.

However, we have agreed that it is best now to allow someone else to take the Club to the next stage.

The Club will make a statement regarding interim arrangements shortly.trfc

Mark Palios”

Former Southport boss Brabin took over the Rovers helm in the aftermath of their relegation from the Football League in the 2014/15 season.

In his first season in charge he led to club to a sixth place finish in the National League, missing out on a play-off spot by two points.

The 2016/17 season seemed to start well for the club.

Tipped as title favourites by many, they justified those claims with six wins from their opening seven games in August.

A 3-1 reverse at Aldershot was the first defeat of the new season and that sparked a run of four games without a win.

A defeat at home to Lincoln City was followed by a goalless draw away at York City.

Saturda’s 1-0 defeat at Sutton United, a result that left the Prenton Park club in fifth position in the National League table, seems to have been the final straw with both Brabin and the club agreeing to part company.

Next up for Rovers is a home fixture against a Woking side sat in nineteenth position in the league table.

Article: Mark Carruthers (@markldaily)

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