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League Two: Former FA chief executive Mark Palios and wife take over Tranmere Rovers

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Former Football Association chief executive Mark Palios and his wife Nicola are to become the new owners of League Two Tranmere Rovers.

Palios will become Executive Chairman of the club with wife Nicola as Vice-Chairman whilst former owner Peter Johnson will remain a shareholder, director and become the Club's Honorary President.
Speaking to the club's official website, Johnson said: “I have been looking for a safe pair of hands to ensure the Club’s future."
 
“In Mark and Nicola I have found that. As a local lad who played for the club, and a former Chief Executive of The FA with a successful commercial track record, Mark is uniquely placed to help lead Tranmere to a bright future. Nicola is an accomplished lawyer and busin­es­swoman."
 
“Between them, they have the passion and the experience to take the Club forward and I am looking forward to working on the Board with them. Finding this mix of football and business skills is highly unusual."
 
Johnson took control of the club in 1987 after Tranmere Rovers had been placed into admi­nis­tra­tion.­ 

Mark Palios is a former Tranmere player, making over 280 appearances for the club, whilst also training as a chartered accountant during his play career. He went on to work in the City, and became the cief executive of the FA until 2004, when he resigned after revelations about his personal life.
 
He said of the deal: “We are both aware of what a privilege it is to have the opportunity to become involved with this Club, but it is important that we pay tribute to the support that Peter Johnson has given over many years."

“All Tranmere fans are well aware of his massive contribution to the Club, a support that is ongoing, and in order to mark his dedication and support we will be consulting with our fans on the best way to do that."

“There is a big job to be done to get the Club back in the higher divisions and get the facilities back up to scratch. In the coming weeks and months we will share with you our plans on how we intend to make it happen."
 
“We have no illusions about the difficult environment in which lower league clubs operate but we have exciting ideas to ensure Tranmere thrives in the future as a successful and vibrant community club which is capable of sustaining itself without being reliant on a benefactor."

“My playing days for the club were fantastic, my manager was the legendary and inspiring figure John King and I hope that we can bring some of his spirit, determination and personality back into the Club.”
Nicola Palios said: “Peter Johnson has shown incredible generosity to Tranmere over many years, and particularly by writing off his past loans to give a solid financial base for the upcoming season.  We aim to reward his loyalty by ensuring the Club’s legacy for the future."
“Mark always told me that Tranmere Rovers was a warm, friendly, family club and that is exactly what I have found since we first started talks with Peter. I am sure the coming weeks, months and years will be challenging, exciting and ultimately successful.”
 
Tranmere were relegated from League One last season, and played out a 1-1 draw with York City at the weekend.
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