Tranmere might promote Carden from interim manager to permanent boss after two encouraging results
Tranmere Rovers have now played two matches with caretaker manager Paul Carden in charge, with the 37-year-old potentially about to be handed the role of a permanent basis.
After Gary Brabin was sacked after a string of below-par Tranmere performances, it had been expected that Carden would take temporary charge for a match or two at Prenton Park before handing the reins to a successor and possibly leaving the club.
However, a 3-1 win against Woking was followed by a goalless draw at Dagenham, with the performance levels impressive in both games. Rovers were far too strong for the Cards in the former match and could have nicked all three points in east London, with Andy Cook missing a late chance at the death.
Scott Davies and Steven Jennings spoke to BT Sport after landing a point against the National League leaders, with the latter backing Carden as someone who has the respect of the dressing room despite the fact that he was brought into the club by the departed Gary Brabin.
After a 3-1 win against Woking, Carden claimed that the “feel good factor” was back at Prenton Park and owner Mark Palios will have been delighted by the application shown by the team in the match against the Daggers, especially after being reduced to ten men with half an hour remaining.
Interim boss Carden said after the Woking 3-1 victory: “I think it was more the Tranmere we know.
“It was certainly an exciting game if you were a neutral with the goals, penalties and red cards, it was an exciting game.
“I think we can still improve on parts of the game, but going forward it was a good start.
“It created a feelgood factor which we lost a little bit in the last couple of weeks. It was good to get that feeling back and fans going home with smiles on faces and being positive about strikers scoring goals.
“There were a lot of positive factors about the result which makes life a lot easier when you are managing.
“He’s (Palios) just said keep trying to win games, which is obvious really,” he said.
“He has been very supportive, I’ve had a lot of communication with him regarding the team and what we will need going forward.
“I have seen and read things and stuff like that but all I can control is what I am doing.”