Tranmere is one of the first teams I think of when I think of what next 3-4 years has in store and tbh I’m dreading it.
Similar sized clubs like you, Chesterfield,Oldham, Crewe, Leyton Orient, Notts County etc. Spent years in league one, usually in mid table, one year where it all clicks and you go very close to promotion (12/13 for you guys when somehow you didn’t even finish in the play offs) and then after a near miss gradual decline which results in going out of league 1 the wrong way.
It’s difficult to put the brakes on then and before you know it you’re in the abyss as a few of those listed above are with Notts County likely to join them in two months.
Problem for me in this is always these things are always so preventable. Let’s say Peter Johnson had sold your club in 2012 to Palios or someone else you could’ve rebuilt quickly and at the worst just been relegated to league 2 and quickly bounced back.
I’m sure you eventually found non league fun but too many seasons for me to bottom out when you could’ve been rising 5 years ago. Same will probably happen at this club.
Oh for the late 90s again when Walsall and Tranmere were meeting in division 1. Way football has gone in 20 years it feels like 1899 when that match took place.