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Football: McAteer to start role; TRANMERE v COLCHESTER TODAY, 3PM.

NEW player-coach Jason McAteer will join manager Brian Little and coach John McMahon in the dugout as Tranmere seek their first win in nine League One games.

The poor run of form cost assistant manager Richard Hill his job on Thursday, five months into an extended two-year contract.

McAteer is to continue his playing duties but the 34-year-old former Liverpool midfielder is liable to be on the sidelines for at least another month with a knee ligament injury.

Little has signalled his intention to name the same line-up from midweek with 20-year-old midfielder Stephen O'Leary, signed on a month's loan from Luton Town yesterday, set to start on the bench.

And the manager is predicting a difficult test.

Little said: "Colchester play a system away from home that suits them. They have been operating with just one striker and it works well."

Colchester's towering midfielder Greg Holford is confident of a positive result this afternoon. He says: "Tranmere have been poor at home and we have been great away so we will be disappointed not to get something out of the game
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Oct 22, 2005
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