By Lee Dover | Championship
They say you should never go back. If David Beckham was to return to Manchester United, how long would it take until Sir Alex Ferguson kicked a boot at his head again? Or would Jose Mourinho still be the Special One if he returned for a second stint at Chelsea?
However, an incredible case of déjà vu at Tranmere Rovers has only served to bring success back to Prenton Park, courtesy of Ronnie Moore.
Moore started his playing career at the club in the early 1970s and scored 72 league goals before finishing his on-field days as a player/caretaker manager in 1979 before returning as their manager in 2006.
Following another three years with the club, Moore was unceremoniously shown the exit door after letting a play-off place slip with two minutes of the 2008/09 season to go.
Tranmere unbeaten this season
After shambolic experiments where John Barnes and Les Parry tried to lead the club out of League One and into the glitzy life of the Championship Tranmere’s chairman Peter Johnson swallowed his pride and offered Moore a return to the club once more.
And the gamble looks like it is paying off. Tranmere are unbeaten so far this season. A dozen games into the 2012/13 campaign and the club are sitting at the peak of League One and are one of only four teams in the English football league to avoid defeat this season.
They have humbled Colchester United 4-0 at home, thrashed promotion rivals Crawley Town 5-2 on their travels and showed their mettle to come back from a two-goal deficit to beat Yeovil Town 3-2.
The fact that Moore has scooped back-to-back Manager of the Month awards in August and September also shows that he’s lost none of the old magic. He said…
It doesn’t happen that often. You might get it one month and then you are very lucky if you get it again in the season, so it’s nice to get two on the trot.
The manager has also been boosted by the fact that Tranmere Rovers fans are right behind their gaffer and he has attracted interest in the wider media normally blinded by the glare from the Premier League’s leading lights.
This season’s spectacular beginning is not chance and Moore wore his magician’s twinkle with justification after a victory made more pleasing by the intensity of County’s effort
Fans’ praise for the gaffer can be seen on the When Saturday Comes message board and Moore could be feeling more love if Tranmere extend their unbeaten run to 13 games against Bournemouth this weekend.
Rovers are 7/4 with Paddy Power to prove too formidable for The Poppies, who are languishing in the relegation zone after only winning two games out of 12.