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Year(s) 27 May 2014 –13th October 2014


Robert William "Rob" Edwards (born 1 July 1973 in Kendal, Westmorland) is a British professional footballer and manager. He played for Football League One side Exeter City before retiring in May 2011, and is a Welsh international, being capped on four occasions. In May 2014, he was appointed the manager of Tranmere Rovers. Edwards, a defender, started his career as a trainee with Carlisle, playing in 56 first team games with the club. On 27 March 1991, Robert completed a £135,000 move to then Division Two side Bristol City.In over eight seasons at Ashton Gate, Edwards made 266 appearances and earned his first cap for Wales. On 8 August 1999 Edwards moved on a free to then League One side Preston North End, where he played an important role in Preston's title victory, and promotion to the  second tier. On 1 July 2004, Edwards moved to League One side Blackpool  where he made 69 appearances before being released on a free at the end of the 2005–06  season by manager  Simon Grayson. He scored once during his spell at Blackpool, in a 2-1 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday in August 2004. After playing on trial with his first club Carlisle and also League Two  side  Rochdale, Edwards was snapped up by Conference National side Exeter City. Since signing for the Grecians in 2006, he established himself as a first team regular in the heart of the defence for Exeter City and in December 2007, City manager Paul Tisdale  appointed Rob as player-coach

at Exeter: coaching the reserves, while still being a member of the first team. In fact, he was the only member of the squad to start in all 46 matches of Exeter's  2007–08 campaign. That season culminated in Edwards scoring the winning goal at Wembley  on 18 May 2008 in Exeter's  2008 Conference National play-off Final win over  Cambridge United  securing the club's return to the Football League. He retired from professional football in May 2011. After retiring, Edwards worked as first team coach for Exeter City. On 13 May 2014 Edwards quits as assistant manager of Exeter City. On 27 May 2014, he was appointed as the new manager of Tranmere Rovers.

Rob Edwards Appointed New Tranmere Manager
. - 27 May 2014
Tranmere Rovers have appointed former Welsh international Rob Edwards as their new manager.Edwards, 41, recently left Exeter City and has turned down a job at a Premier League club to take charge at Prenton Park.The former Preston defender was assistant manager at Exeter City where he played a key role as the club won successive promotions from the Conference to League One. He was instrumental in helping Exeter post a club best 8th placed finish in League One in 2011 - just one point outside the play-off places. Edwards also managed the club's development squad and his hard work and coaching ability saw Exeter produce players that were sold for £1.7m, including striker Jamie Mackie. He said: "I would like to thank everyone at the club for this fantastic opportunity. I've worked hard for  this chance and feel I've been ready to manage for some time. "I've ready to put into practice the skills I've learned from 25 years in the  game  that has seen me work with, and learn from, some superb managers and excellent players. "I believe I can develop a team at Tranmere Rovers the whole Club, and the whole of Wirral can be proud of. "My aim is to make sure we are challenging at the top end of the table, as well as setting up a structure to produce more home grown players. "I've played at Prenton Park many times and always found it a tough place to play, with the fans really backing their team with passion and support. "That experience has stuck with me and I want to make this a difficult place to come once again. "I'm looking to move the club forward with an attacking brand of high-energy football and I can't wait to get started." Tranmere Rovers chief executive Jeremy Butler revealed Edwards is recognised as one of football's best young coaches and believes he is ready to step up into a managerial role. He said: "We drew up a profile for our new manager before we began an extensive search and Rob fills all of the criteria. "We want a manager capable of winning promotion but also one able to improve our current bright young talents, as well as putting in place a pathway to bring through more players from our Academy. "Rob has an excellent track record of developing players and we expect his determination to play a style of vibrant attacking football next season will produce a successful campaign. "He has expert knowledge of League Two football and the players and systems we will come up against, as well as the experience of mounting a push for promotion from League One." Butler added the board had carried out plenty of due diligence as part of its search for an exciting and ambitious candidate to fill the vacant manager's post at the Club. "Our aim was to find a young, hungry manager with the drive to lead Tranmere Rovers forward," he added. "We were aware that Russ Wilcox had stepped up from assistant manager at Scunthorpe to guide the Iron to promotion in his first season and have watched Graham Alexander take Fleetwood up in his first year in the job. "Now we are looking forward to seeing Rob shape our future with some exciting new signings expected in the near future."John McMahon will continue in his role as assistant manager with Dave Timmins carrying on his work as goalkeeping coach.

"My aim is to make sure we are challenging at the top end of the table, as well as setting up a structure to produce more home grown players. " Rob Edwards

Rob Edwards: First Interview The new manager on his appointment
New Tranmere Manager Rob Edwards says he has been given a "fantastic opportunity" to take charge of the Club. The former Wales international met the press on his first morning at Prenton Park and spoke about his plans. He said: "I'm very privileged to manage a club that has done very well over the years and can go forward.  "The last few years I've worked with a group of young players and got them into the first team at Exeter, we ended up getting eight homegrown players into the first team."That's the way we want to go in the long term but in the short term it's about the Club being at the top end of the league this year and having a team that people around the Club can be proud of."It's a fantastic opportunity, I've looked at the playing staff and there's players like Jason Koumas, talented players to work with. I see myself as a lucky guy to get this job."Fans want to see a certain type of football and that is chances on goal, a high energy and a positive style."The players have got to start quickly and get the supporters behind them, then you can feed off each other."

Edwards On Supporters' Passion
“All you can ask of your supporters is that they’re passionate and get behind us"

New Tranmere Manager Rob Edwards says the Club’s supporters will be crucial in the coming 2014-15 season. Edwards is urging Rovers fans to show their passion at home games and help encourage the team.  “I've played for clubs where the fans like you as a player and where they didn't like me as a player and that’s fine,” he said. “They’re always going to have their favourite players and ones they don’t like, and that’s why football is a fantastic game, we've all got opinions.“But they need to get behind the team, it can make a real difference.
“The atmosphere at the ground here can make the difference to the team’s performance and results. On the DVDs I've watched I can hear the crowd in the background and the passion from the supporters is great.“That’s what we want, we want passionate supporters coming to the ground and the players understanding that when they drive here on a Saturday afternoon there’s no way they’re not going to give their all because they've got fans turning up who want passion. They’ll drag it out of the players. The players will roll their sleeves up, do their best, bring their talent and technique to the occasion and loads of passion too.“I played here and you know what you get, you get a bit of grief from the fans. That’s great, as a home crowd you need to get behind your team and make it a little bit uncomfortable for the away team. That all helps. 

Tranmere Rovers manager Rob Edwards has left Prenton Park after his contract was terminated by the Club.  13th October 2014
Rovers suffered their seventh loss of the season when beaten by Plymouth on Saturday.  Chairman Mark Palios said: “Rob is a decent man who has worked very hard over the past few months for the Football Club.  “However, with the club currently sitting at the bottom of League 2 for the first time in 32 years it was decided this was the right time to make the break.  “I remain committed to the vision, that Rob shared, of playing free-flowing and skilful football.  “And while we have shown in some of our periods of play that we are not far off being able to achieve that - we have not been able to do it consistently.  “We have also not been sufficiently pragmatic when circumstances demanded that we close out a game to secure a win.  “If we are to achieve the required results in future it is clear that we need to strengthen the squad further.”  Mr Palios has highlighted the need for the next manager of Tranmere Rovers to have good contacts in the game to help bolster the recruitment of new players.  “Our recruitment department, which has been depleted by years of under-investment, is being supplemented and strengthened,” he added.  “But in the short term our ability to find new players to cover injuries and to supplement the existing line up will also depend on having in place a manager with an extensive network of contacts in the game.  “This will therefore be one of the key attributes that I will be looking for in a replacement for Rob.”  Work is now starting on finding a new manager to take the team although Mr Palios has no intention of rushing into an appointment.  “I will make an announcement later this week regarding who will take charge of the team for the match against Oxford on Saturday,” Mr Palios added. “In the meantime, I would like to thank you, our supporters, for your loyalty and patience throughout the recent disappointing run of results.   “Your vocal support to the end away at Bury and again here on Saturday against Plymouth was magnificent, and I know it helped the players to keep fighting to the end.  “I hope that very soon we will be able to reward that loyalty and support with some more wins.  “On a personal note, I would like to wish Rob well for what comes next for him.  I have enjoyed working with him, and am sure that he will bounce back from this setback and use the experience to develop his fledgling management career.” 

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MOTTO: UBI FIDES IBI LUX ET ROBUR which means "Where there is faith, there is light and strength."

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