Can Tranmere Rovers recover from Moore scandal? Is his career over?

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Tranmere Rovers have Ronnie Moore following admissions that he broke the Football Association's betting rules.

Ronnie Moore had been suspended from the club since the 17th February and assistant John McMahon had been taking charge of the side since. They currently sit in 19th place in League One and are only out of the relegation zone on goal difference. They face a crucial game at home to Shrewsbury on Saturday.

Moore was initially suspended by the club following the FA deciding to conduct an investigation into a potential breach of betting rules. Anyone involved with a football club is unable to bet on any competition in which that said club is involved in.

The former Southport, Rotherham United, and Oldham Athletic manager has since admitted the misconduct charge. He has requested a personal hearing, but Tranmere have taken swift action against Moore.

 "Tranmere Rovers will not tolerate any action that damages the integrity of this football club. Any staff members found to be guilty of misconduct will face severe action," Mick Horton, football operations director and club secretary told the club's website.

This is clearly a huge setback and a major distraction for a club who needs everyone to be pulling in the same direction and to focus on the job in hand. Last season Tranmere led the way in League One for a large part of the season before narrowly missing out on the play-offs. They face a huge battle to avoid relegation to the basement of The Football League now and the increased media attention in this Ronnie Moore matter will not be welcome at all.

Fans will be hoping the players can rally together and fight on despite this setback and striker Ryan Lowe will try and add to his 20 goals this season.

As for Ronnie Moore, the 61-year-old was a respected manager in The Football League before this news arose. He is probably best remembered for guiding Rotherham to successive promotions which saw them play Championship football for four seasons.

Out of work, I'm sure Moore will be keen to return to football sooner rather than later, but it may not be a manager's role that he will be able to walk back into. Perhaps a scout or an assistant might be more likely, given the fact a club won't want increased media attention for all the wrong reasons if they choose to appoint Moore as their manager. Having said that, he does have a good CV and would be an astute appointment for clubs in League Two.

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