Manager facing sack calls as Liverpool loanee subbed 42 minutes into debut

Norris was a deadline-day signing for Tranmere, rejoining his former club on a season-long loan after outgrowing the confines of academy football.

The 20-year-old was an unused substitute in a 1-0 defeat to Wrexham the following day, but was handed a start for the trip to Fleetwood Town in the EFL Trophy on Tuesday night.

Unfortunately, his debut lasted just 42 minutes, with manager Ian Dawes making the shocking decision to hook him just before half-time.

There was no sign of injury and no issue reported since, with Norris withdrawal considered a tactical change from the manager.

If being brought off at half-time is considered the ultimate ignominy for players, being substituted before the break is even worse.

Norris, who was deployed at left-back, endured a difficult half up against Ryan Graydon, but Tranmere supporters were left furious with Dawes decision:

Call it recency bias, whatever. Ian Dawes is the worst manager I’ve ever seen in my time. The guy is an actual clown. Takes a young lad off few mins before half time destroying his confidence, tactically hilarious. Get grip Palios and get rid #trfc #swa

Paul Ricci (@RicciTRFC) September 5, 2023