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Micky Adams restores hope at Tranmere and seeks Swansea FA Cup scalp

Tranmere endured a torrid 2014 but with new ownership and an experienced manager, Micky Adams, they welcome Swansea confident a corner has been turned
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Micky Adams is reserving judgment until the end of the season on whether stability has returned to Tranmere Rovers. Even his attempt at an optimistic prediction is handled with utmost care. “At this moment in time it looks as though we are not on the crest of a slump anymore, we are moving up the table, but we can’t take that for granted,” is as far as he’ll venture. It is still a significant step forward given the turbulence that 2014 brought to Prenton Park.

Caution is understandable from Adams. He is Tranmere’s fourth manager since February and change in the dug-out was replicated in the boardroom in August when the former FA chief executive Mark Palios and wife Nicola bought a controlling stake from the long-time owner Peter Johnson. They took over a club that had suspended the manager, Ronnie Moore, for allegedly breaching FA betting regulations in February, sacked him after the charge was admitted in April and suffered relegationto the fourth tier of English football for the first time in 25 years a month later as Moore’s assistant, John McMahon, battled against the turmoil.

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