Trust chairman: Micky Mellon would be a gamble at Shrewsbury Town

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.

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Comments for: "Trust chairman: Micky Mellon would be a gamble at Shrewsbury Town"

twisting my melon

Every Manager is a gamble , no one guarantees success and not everyone wants to manage Shrewsbury either . Its lovely to throw big names around but i think Shrewstrust need to get a bit more of a grip on reality .


looks like we have messed Jackson around for the last couple of weeks turning into a laughing stock!

as for melon seems very strange not a lot of league experience would seem no better than giving Jackson the job what we need is a safe pair of hands come on roland there are managers out there with plenty of league experience this appointment would be a risk that we don't need to take yet another error of judgement from the board.


was bringing graham back for a second spell not a gamble. Proved inspirational in league 2. every thing is a gamble in life. MM is here now with jacko, time to get behind the dream team and give the lads a break.


Good news NEW manager already,plenty of time to get NEW squad together.lets get behind them.all managers are a risk,like 'twisting my melon' says not everybody wants to manage Shrewsbury town. Life long blue.

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