Mellon's Out

Thankfully the two football teams I support are not in the habit of hiring and firing managers (I'm looking at you Leeds United, Chelsea, Aston Villa!), but today they parted company with Micky Mellon.  I've touched on this in recent weeks on my weekly blogs, and I've thought his position was becoming untenable as he had lost swathes of the fans for a couple of weeks.

When he joined the club in 2014, we had just been relegated in to League 2 and most of the squad had been released.  Micky assembled one of the best squads I can remember and he managed to get them playing attacking football, narrowly missing out on the league title to Burton Albion, getting the promotion that he had obviously been challenged to achieve.  He also masterminded the scalp of Leicester City in the League Cup and it will take a long time to forget the match later in the competition against Chelsea, even if we ended up losing, we took the champions on toe-to-toe.

His second season wasn't as successful.  The loss of two influential players near transfer deadline day and changes to a winning formula hit the team hard.  Micky steered the club to 20th position just avoiding relegation back to League 2.  The start of this season has followed that of the last, two victories in the opening 11 games has not been enough for some fans and the performances haven't given the fans much hope that things were going to improve.

Away from the performances and results, Micky made a huge contribution to the club.  I can't remember a manager who has given so much to the raising the profile of the club.  He has engaged with so many different initiatives in the name of the Shrewsbury Town In The Community, notably getting involved with the Lloyd Burton Trust Fund.

It's nearly always a shame when a manager leaves the club, but hopefully the Town faithful will be able to look back on Micky's time at the club in future years and remember the positive effect on the club.  Here's hoping the next manager will continue to build on the good work started by Micky Mellon!

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