Chris Beech's former boss Keith Hill has been sacked at Tranmere - just days before the League Two play-offs.

The shock decision was announced by the Prenton Park club this morning.

Hill, who worked with Carlisle head coach Beech at Rochdale, led Tranmere to a seventh-placed finish.

They will face Morecambe in the semi-finals with the first leg next Thursday.

But the Wirral outfit have axed Hill and put assistant boss Ian Dawes in charge.

In a statement, Tranmere chairman Mark Palios said: “Despite success achieved on the pitch in the form of securing a place in the play-offs and reaching the Papa John’s Trophy final, in the play-offs an entire season gets distilled into two or three games.

“I have to do what I think gives us the best chance of achieving promotion in those games and I have reluctantly come to the conclusion that means making the change before the semi-finals begin.”

Hill had been in charge at Tranmere since November on an initial deal until the end of the season.

The club, who were last season controversially relegated from League One on the post-Covid points-per-game calculations, finished three places and seven points above Beech's Blues.

They won just two of their last 11 games, managing to hold on to the last play-off place ahead of Salford.