Everton record-holder and ex-Sunderland, Derby and Portsmouth striker lands major backroom role

James Vaughan has become new sporting director of Tranmere Rovers.

Former Everton striker James Vaughan has been appointed sporting director of Tranmere Rovers.

Vaughan takes up the role at Prenton Park, having retired at the club less than a year ago.

On his appointment, Vaughan, 33, said: “Having been around the club for two years now and having spoken with the Chairman, I am excited about being able to be part of the project going forwards.

“I have always had a good relationship with Micky [Mellon, Tranmere manager] both as a player and working with him as part of the team involved in building the current squad over the last six months.”

Vaughan came through the academy ranks at Everton.

He became both the club’s and the Premier League’s youngest goalscorer aged 16 years and 271 days when netting against Crystal Palace in April 2005. Both records still stand.

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Vaughan departed Goodison Park in 2011 after loan spells with Crystal Palace and Derby County.

He went on to represent the likes of Derby County, Leicester City, Birmingham City, Sunderland and Portsmouth in his career.

Vaughan retired at the end of last season after bagging 22 goals for Tranmere.

Now he returns to Rovers, who are presently second in League Two.