The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Craign Chis­nall

HE’S left no stone un­turned in a bid to be­come the best man­ager he can – and now Micky Mel­lon has the chance to put it into prac­tice at Shrews­bury.

The for­mer Fleet­wood boss was un­veiled as the Shrews new supremo on Mon­day and has been charged with the task of plot­ting an im­me­di­ate re­turn to League One.

Mel­lon, who guided Fleet­wood to the Con­fer­ence ti­tle in 2012, left his role as Barns­ley as­sis­tant in March and has had a hec­tic sched­ule since.

The for­mer West Brom and Black­pool mid­fielder will com­plete his UEFA Pro Li­cence this sum­mer and, as part of those stud­ies, spent time with for­mer Eng­land rugby union coaches Sir Clive Wood­ward and Brian Ashton, War­ring­ton Wolves chief Tony Smith and the busi­ness depart­ment of Toy­ota in a bid to broaden his hori­zons.

“It’s been a fan­tas­tic few months and I’ve learned so much from so many people to take into this new and ex­cit­ing chal­lenge at Shrews­bury,” said Mel­lon.

“See­ing what Clive, Brian and Tony do close up was won­der­ful in a sport­ing en­vi­ron­ment – they are all people who have got to the top of their pro­fes­sion and flour­ished.

“Then I spent time with busi­ness­men, fire­men, and bar­ris­ters to com­plete the mix. See­ing how they all man­age in highly-pres­sured en­vi­ron­ments was fas­ci­nat­ing.


“They will be vi­tal to me hope­fully com­plet­ing my Pro Li­cence and then take on here in the re­build­ing job I’ve got here.

“I’ve got a clean slate to re­ally put a stamp on the club as I had at Fleet­wood and I’m des­per­ate to re­ward the faith the chair­man (Roland Wy­cher­ley) has shown in me.

“When we met we ended up chat­ting for five hours and I be­lieve we can take the club for­ward to­gether.”

Michael Jack­son, who was boss for the sec­ond half of the sea­son and a for­mer Tran­mere team­mate of Mel­lon, has stayed on as as­sis­tant with ex-Rovers keeper Danny Coyne also part of the coach­ing staff.

Mel­lon also knows new chief ex­ec­u­tive Matt Wil­liams, who has joined from Black­pool, from his time on the Fylde coast and be­lieves the changes are just what Town needed.

“Jacko stay­ing on at the club is a big boost. I know him well from our time to­gether at Tran­mere and we chat­ted at length on how we want to do this to­gether be­fore I agreed to take the job.

“He’s a great coach and a top bloke so I’m glad he’s stay­ing and Danny will be a big as­set too.

“Matt com­ing here as well is an­other fa­mil­iar face and I will be us­ing all of his con­tacts to get the squad to­gether that I want.

“We’ve only got eight play­ers at the mo­ment so couldn’t even have a 5-aside in train­ing if we wanted.

“The phone has been red-hot since I was ap­pointed, I’ve had to charge it three times a day, but we won’t be rush­ing on what we bring in. It’s got to be right and it will be for when we start the sea­son.”

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