This is what was reported:
"Former Liverpool and England player John Barnes is set to return to club management with League One side Tranmere Rovers. The 45-year-old, who has been in charge of the Jamaica national team since September last year, has been eager to return to the domestic game after an ill-fated and infamous spell in charge of Celtic in 1999-2000 which ended after a humiliating Scottish Cup defeat to minnows Inverness Caledonian Thistle. He applied for the Port Vale job last month but that position went to Micky Adams. Now it appears he will be reunited with former Liverpool team-mate Jason McAteer at Prenton Park. McAteer is an ex-Tranmere player and youth coach..."
Now I am not really sure about this. The man is a legend but his club management has been terrible. The1999/2000 appointment at Celtic was a much-hyped affair which backfired on Barnes. Perhaps he brought too many ideas too soon. While at Celtic, Barnes' record stands at 29 games played, 19 games won, eight (8) drawn and lost two (2). At the time of sacking, he had a win percentage of 65.5%. Not bad, but he made some strange decision then, notably playing with a 4-2-2-2 formation. There were also a slew of bad signings, an old Ian Wright and an absent Rafael Scheidt comes to mind. Finally, the Scottish Cup defeat at the hands of Inverness broke the camel's back. Barnes was promptly sacked.
It would take him eight years to step back into management as he took over in September 2008 as the coach of Jamaica. Jamaicans were looking for a hero and Barnes provided it - guiding the team to a Carribean Cup victory that same year. Thus he has proven himself to be a good manager (learning from mistakes at the cauldron that is Parkhead). One point to note, coaching Jamaica has been a success but that was after they had failed to qualify for the 2010 World Cup when the pressure was off. Barnes performance as coach of Jamaica? Six(6) wins, four(4) draws and no defeats thus far. Very impressive stats. The timing of this news is unfortunate as the Jamaican squad had been preparing for the Gold Cup tournament coming up next month.