Shrewsbury Town manager Micky Mellon has been appointed as the new manager of Vanarama National League club Tranmere Rovers.

His departure from Shrewsbury was announced on Thursday afternoon, with Tranmere announcing Mellon as their replacement for former manager Gary Brabin on Thursday evening.

Mellon had two spells with the Merseyside club during his playing career, making a total of 172 appearances, scoring six goals.

Mellon began his managerial career with Fleetwood Town in 2008, leading the club to the FA Cup Second Round for the first time in their history.

He also helped the club into the top tier of English non-league football for the first time, with the Conference North play-off final win over Alfreton Town in 2010.

Another promotion was secured in 2012, as Fleetwood won the Conference National title with 103 points, meaning Football League action would take place at Highbury for the first time in the club’s history.

There was double success that season with the Cod Army reaching the FA Cup Third Round, before losing 5-1 against neighbours Blackpool.

Mellon departed Fleetwood in December 2012 and spent a short spell assisting David Flitcroft in caretaker charge of Barnsley.

He returned to the main role in the dugout with Shrewsbury Town when he was named as Graham Turner’s permanent successor at the club.

Mellon led Shrewsbury to promotion from League Two in 2014-15 and they avoided relegation in the first season in League One, finishing twentieth in the division.

Tranmere Chairman Mark Palios told the club’s official website “I am delighted to bring Micky back to Tranmere Rovers for a third time.

His track record speaks for itself. He already has a number of promotions to his name and we are confident he will add to that record once more at Prenton Park. We are especially pleased to bring in a manager currently managing in League 1 and who sees the potential in the Club.

“Micky knows the Club and what the fans want to see. He will take over a strong squad albeit that it is depleted at this time.

“I would like to place on record my appreciation of the job that Paul Carden has done as interim manager in the most difficult of circumstances in terms of injuries, suspensions and international call ups.

“Micky will take over control with immediate effect and will manage the side for the important derby match against Wrexham on Saturday.”

Mellon added: “I’m delighted to be at Tranmere Rovers and really pleased to be taking part in such an exciting project.

“I’m looking forward to meeting the players tomorrow and the fans on Saturday for what should be a good game against Wrexham.”

Mellon’s first game in charge of Rovers will come on saturdat lunchtime as they host Wrexham in a televised fixture at Prenton Park.

Article: Mark Carruthers (@marknldaily)

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