Micky Mellon, former Shrewsbury and Fleetwood manager – and current Tranmere manager – is under a lot of pressure from Tranmere fans. After a poor start to the season – with only 2 wins out of 8 – fans are calling for him to be sacked. But should he really go?
Mellon took charge of Fleetwood Town in September 2008, while they were in the Conference North. He finished the 2008-09 season with his side in eighth; a very creditable position, considering he took charge when the Cod Army were bottom of the league.
During the next season, he pushed Fleetwood into the playoffs, and ultimately saw off his contenders to push his side to the Conference for the first time since the club’s re-establishment in 1997.
During their first season in the fifth tier, he guided Fleetwood to 5th; however, his side was knocked out in the playoffs to AFC Wimbledon.
However, in the following season, the Cod Army were promoted to the Football League after winning the league – they picked up 103 points.
Harshly (it may seem), Mellon was sacked the following season after losing three games in a row. His side sat in fourth.
After a spell in charge of Barnsley (as caretaker manager), Mellon became the manager of Shrewsbury Town in May 2014. During the 2014-15 season, he got the Salopians back to League One on the first attempt (after they were relegated the previous season). He would stay in charge of the club until October 2016 when Tranmere picked him as their manager.
The 2016-17 Season with Tranmere
After Gary Brabin was sacked in September 2016, Tranmere searched for a new manager. They would pick Micky Mellon, as he was an ex-player and former club captain. Tranmere fans were delighted at this appointment, as they knew of his previous successes. At the time of his appointment, the Birkenhead-based club sat 9th in the National League (the new name for the Conference). The Scotsman took his side on a winning run which lasted until mid-November, when his side drew 2-2 with local rivals Chester. However, he had managed to put his side back in the promotion picture.
At the end of the season, Tranmere had picked up a record 95 points – 4 points behind winners Lincoln City. They would face 5th-placed Aldershot in the play-off semi-finals. Tranmere won comfortable; 5-2 on aggregate. They were ready to face Forest Green at Wembley.
Unfortunately, heartbreak ensued for the Whites, as they saw their team lose 3-1. However, Tranmere were struggling with lots of injuries, and FGR were able to take charge over this.
The Current Situation
After a poor start to the season, with the team scraping the relegation places, fans are calling for Mellon to go. But should he really go?
- We still had a few injured players – Star winger Ben Tollitt was recovering from a knee injury sustained in the previous season.
- Perhaps the team needed to gel? – New signings were brought in, including midfielder Ollie Norburn from Macclesfield, striker James Alabi from Chester and defender Jay McEveley from Ross County.
- Poor squad choices? – Mellon wasn’t playing the successful 3-5-2 formation – the formation that helped us greatly last season.
- Lack of effort in attack – The club has several strikers, including James Norwood, Andy Cook and James Alabi. However, only Cook appears to be scoring goals. Perhaps Mellon has lost the dressing room?
In my opinion, Mellon should leave. I can’t see things picking up from here, I’m afraid. It seems, however, that the majority of our fans may disagree with me. However, it’s my opinion. If things DO pick up, then I may reconsider. But for the moment, I can only see him closing the door to the manager’s office and handing the key over to someone else.
What is your opinion Tranmere fans? Let us know in the comments below!