Barnes - I am Tranmere boss

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John Barnes has told Sky Sports News that he will be named as the new Tranmere manager on Monday.

Former Jamaica boss to be confirmed on Monday

John Barnes has told Sky Sports News that he will be named as the new Tranmere Rovers manager on Monday. Former Celtic boss Barnes emerged as the front-runner for the Prenton Park post at the start of the week when he was replaced as Jamaica chief. The former England international only spent seven months at the helm of the Reggae Boyz, during which time he was unable to secure World Cup qualification. But he has now told Sky Sports News that he will be tasked with leading Tranmere's League One campaign in the coming season. Rovers parted company with Ronnie Moore at the end of last term after he narrowly missed out on a place in the play-offs. Jason McAteer had also expressed an interest in the vacancy but it now appears that Barnes will be the new man at the helm.


The former Watford and Liverpool winger believes that the framework is already in place for success with Tranmere. Barnes told Sky Sports News: "I'm looking forward to it immensely. Tranmere nearly got to the play-offs last year and I believe they can push on this year. "I take heart from what Watford did with Graham Taylor. If you look at what Reading have done and if you look at what Burnley have done, you don't need to have the best players and lots of money to be successful. "If players are committed and have desire and you have the organisation, you just have to encourage them to play and that's what I'll be doing at Tranmere. "They were one minute away from getting into the play-offs before missing out to the eventual winners Scunthorpe, so all is not wrong at Tranmere at all."
The Jamaica Football Federation has now insisted that they only replaced Barnes with Theodore Whitmore once they learned he was taking over at Tranmere. A JFF statement explained: "His contract was due to expire on June 30, 2009. "Barnes secured a contract with Tranmere Rovers in England for the upcoming English football season and advised the JFF of that development last Sunday morning. "With Barnes securing a job prior to the Gold Cup, the JFF decided in the long-term interest of the game not to offer him a short-term extension, but to appoint Theodore Whitmore as national coach for the remainder of the life of this administration."

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