Revivalist Ronnie threatens Blades

Ronnie Moore: 'Fantastic' midweek performance.
Ronnie Moore: 'Fantastic' midweek performance.

THE Ronnie Revival is next up to threaten Sheffield United’s drive for automatic promotion.

After a year out of the game, Ronnie Moore is reviving his managerial career whilst his arrival back at Tranmere has instigated a revival in the club’s flagging fortunes.

Moore’s third game in charge on Tuesday saw a 2-1 win over Preston after defeating Leyton Orient 2-0. His first game was a 1-1 draw with Notts County. Previously they’d gone 11 without a win.

The former Rotherham boss was delighted to get back in the game a year after he was shown the door by the Millers when they had dropped to sixth in League Two.

That decision followed the 5-0 Friday night defeat at Chesterfield and, ironically, it was a defeat at the B2net that was to signal the end for Les Parry at Tranmere and open the door for Moore’s return to Prenton Park two weeks ago.

He was a player there, making over 350 appearances in two spells, and this is also his second stint as manager having been there from 2006 to 2009 (he also had a caretaker-manager spell whilst still a player).

He was also assistant manager to John King at a time Tranmere enjoyed success including trips to Wembley.

Moore’s attempts to get back into management in the past 12 months had drawn a blank but he finds himself back at a club he knows well and where he was revered as a player.

He took the Millers to Bramall Lane when he was in charge there but had only a 2-2 draw to show from three visits, being sacked just before a scheduled fourth.

Moore described Tranmere’s performance on Tuesday as “fantastic from start to finish” as they came from behind to beat Preston.

He said he was looking forward to “a big game” at Bramall Lane: “We’re not getting carried away, we’ve still a big job to do and I want to get to 50 points and then we can look over our shoulder,” he said.

It could be a first opportunity for Blades followers to see Will Hoskins start a game at Bramall Lane. He started at Brentford and Colchester having previously only appeared off the subs’ bench. He has played in a wide role and boss Danny Wilson said; “He’s playing a role for the team and growing into it.”