MICKY IS BETTER FOR HIS WORK EXPERIENCE
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.”