Shrewsbury Town's supporters’ trust chairman today warned appointing Micky Mellon over caretaker Mike Jackson as the club’s new manager would be a “punt”.
Mellon was in advanced talks today to move into the Town hotseat, with the club set pass on handing Jackson the role on a permanent basis.
The 42-year-old has been out of work since leaving Barnsley in March, where he served as assistant to David Flitcroft before he was sacked.
The former West Bromwich Albion and Bristol City midfielder was also surprisingly axed as manager of Fleetwood Town in December 2012.
He had masterminded their promotion to the Football League in four years, after taking over in Conference North, and stabilised them in their first season.
He was offered the chance to return to management with Conference Premier side Forest Green Rovers last October, Barnsley turning down two approaches.
But some supporters are sceptical whether the Scot is the right man for the job, with Shrews Trust Board chairman Roger Groves echoing their response today.
He said: “I think the club feel, at the moment, that they need a bit of experience in there. Mike can’t offer that and that’s no disrespect to him at all. I hope that he carries on with his coaching and becomes a great manager but we are crying out for a bit of experience, on and off the pitch.
“Micky Mellon wouldn’t have been my choice, I would perhaps have gone with a bit more solid experience in the league. He’s in the same camp as Mike.
“I don’t think he will stay at the club, if that’s the appointment we will make. But I could also understand if he stayed and worked with them. You have to take a punt with people, sometimes it comes off. If you can get it right, then great, but it doesn’t always happen.”
Jackson’s reign appears set to end after just three wins from 19 League One games, losing nine and drawing seven as Town finished second-bottom.Subscribe to our Newsletter