Mark Palios on BBC Merseyside Radio: What did we learn?

By Joel Lampkin

The Chairman and Owner of Tranmere Rovers appeared on local radio station BBC Merseyside to talk about the current state of affairs at the club.

With topics such as the managerial future of Micky Mellon and Tranmere’s title expectations coming up, it was revealing interview that The Super White Army will not want to miss out on.

Micky Stays:

After last night’s capitulation at the hands of Macclesfield Town, some fans called for the head of the manager, but Palios reasserted his faith in Mellon to guide Rovers.

The 65-year-old said that he would never rush into making such a drastic decision such as changing manager midway through the season and said the thought never crossed his mind despite a poor to the 2017-18 campaign.

He said that bringing in a new manager causes heaps of problems and that if we were to usher in a new man in charge he predicts that a number of players would have been brought in and others shown the door to establish a new team.

The fans are amazing:

You can always count on the Super White Army and that was the resounding message from Palios who praised the Rovers’ fans for their continued support.

He recalls times when opposition teams have singled out fans for their support in away games in what is undeniably one of the shining lights of the club.

Business is an important aspect:

Rovers cannot guarantee success all the time and the work Palios and co. are doing behind the scenes looks to counter that due to their buisness strategy.

With one eye on the football and one eye on the corporate side of things, the Chairman said that his aim is to get local businesses associated and linked with Tranmere in order to help fund the club.

His belief is that while they cannot always rely on money due to promotion and tv deals (which he points out are miles away from the Premier League profits) they can rely on local companies to invest.

Tranmere is place where players get chances:

Singling out Eddie Clarke as an example the former player says that if he were a parent of a football talent he would want them to play for a side where they will be afford chances.

Hitting out at the elite clubs that sign all the top talent from the globe, Palios says that Tranmere is place where players are given chances to play football but feels that the lack of loan deals from top clubs is due to their current league placement.

The owner also revealed that the budget has increased since he has taken charge, which has enabled investment into the youth sides and academy in order to help develop all areas of the squad rather than just the first team.

The League Title is STILL the Target:

Following yesterday’s poor performance you could be forgiven for ruling out Tranmere’s chances of winning the National League – but this is directly the opposite belief of Palios.

Despite being sixth in the table and seven points off of The Silkmen, the former Rovers player believes that it is still possible for his side to be league champions come the end of the season.

When asked about the changes to the promotion playoffs he said the club’s aim was to to win the league so he never concerned himself with them at the start of the season and believes it should be no excuse as to why Tranmere cannot be in the Football League next term

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