Gary Brabin has described the Tranmere Rovers job as 'special' and has targetted a return to The Football League after being appointed as the club's new manager.The former Cambridge United boss had been in a coaching role at Everton since leaving Southport for the Toffees back in January and he will now be tasked with returning Rovers to The Football League.
Having parted ways with both Rob Edwards and then Micky Adams this season, Rovers finished the Sky Bet League 2 campaign in the bottom two with caretaker boss Alan Rogers in charge.
"I have had approaches from other clubs and declined them, but the Tranmere job is special," Brabin told Rovers' official website. "The chance to lead one of the three famous old Merseyside clubs back to where it belongs in The League is a fantastic challenge that is hard to resist.
"I know that the club and its fans are hurting right now because of relegation, but I am confident that we can restore the club to its former glory and play some football that will put a smile back on the fans' faces."
Chairman Mark Palios added: "Gary was my main target for this role for a number of reasons, although I knew it would be very difficult to tempt him out of an Everton role he was clearly enjoying.
"He is a manager with a strong win rate and a fantastic track record of getting his clubs into the Conference Play-Offs. He achieved this feat in all three of his full seasons as manager in the Conference, and left Luton when they were still in a very strong position.
“Appointing Gary now means he will have time to shape a squad of his own over the summer, and have a full pre-season to work with them.
"On Saturday we bowed out of The League for now. But the hard work of rebuilding began well before that. I am delighted that Gary has agreed to come on board and take on that role."