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In Profile: Ronnie Moore

16 December 2014

We take a closer look at the new man in charge at Victoria Park.

Ronnie Moore
Date of Birth: 29/01/53
Place of Birth: Liverpool

Playing Career
Tranmere Rovers (1971-1979)
Chicago Sting (Loan, 1977)
Cardiff City (1979-1980)
Rotherham United (1980-1983)
Charlton Athletic (1983-1985)
Rochdale (1985-1986)
Tranmere Rovers (1986-1989)

Born in Liverpool, Ronnie Moore began his playing career on Birkenhead, initially operating as a centre-back when he signed for Tranmere Rovers in 1971.

However, in 1975 boss John King decided to try him in an attacking role and it paid off immediately as Moore fired an astonishing 34 league goals in 1975/76 and by February 1979 he’d scored 79 goals for Rovers to earn a club record £120,000 move to Cardiff City.

After making over 50 appearances for The Bluebirds he joined Rotherham United in 1980 where his prolific three years in front of goal still see him regarded as one the finest players in the club’s history.

Two years at Charlton Athletic was followed by a season with Rochdale before he returned to Tranmere and added another seven goals to his tally to nudge in to eighth place in the club’s all-time scoring list.

He retired from playing in 1989.

Managerial Career
Southport (1996-1997)
Rotherham United (1997-2005)
Oldham Athletic (2005-2006)
Tranmere Rovers (2006-2009)
Rotherham United (2009-2011)
Tranmere Rovers (2012-2014)

During the latter stages of his playing career, Moore began planning for the future by studying for his coaching badges and went on to spend nine years as assistant to King at Tranmere Rovers where he gained invaluable experience.

His first step in to management came at non-league Southport in 1996 but was only there six months before Rotherham United came calling for his services – and what an appointment it proved to be.

Moore led The Millers to two successive promotions between 1999 and 2001, taking them from the basement division in to the Championship before leaving for Oldham Athletic in March 2005.

After saving The Latics from relegation and taking them to a mid-table finish the following year, he left the club and was appointed as boss at Tranmere Rovers in the summer of 2006.

Three successive top half finishes followed for Moore at Prenton Park but, after narrowly missing out on the play-offs in 2008/09 he left the club and made a return to Rotherham whom he guided to the League Two Play-Off Final in 2009/10.

In March 2012, Moore again went back to Tranmere following the departure of Les Parry and he worked his magic again to guide the club away from League One relegation trouble.

The following season was a remarkable one at Prenton Park, as Moore’s Rovers lost just two of their first 24 league games as they challenged for promotion until the latter stages of the campaign.

Moore left Rovers in April 2014 with over 900 games in management under his belt and now he’s ready for the challenge that lies in front of him at Victoria Park – and prepared to protect his reputation as a boss who has never tasted relegation.

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