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Mellon becomes Fleetwood manager

Andy Pilley & Micky Mellon
Mellon (right) with Fleetwood chairman Andy Pilley

Micky Mellon has been appointed as the new manager of Fleetwood Town.

The 36-year-old, who played for numerous clubs including Blackpool, Tranmere and Burnley, replaces Tony Greenwood who was sacked last week.

"I wouldn't have looked at it if I thought I wasn't up to it," Mellon told BBC Radio Lancashire.

"I was asked the question would I be interested if the job became available? Thankfully chairman Andy Pilley gave me that opportunity."

Tony is always going to be held in high esteem

Fleetwood manager Micky Mellon

Mellon, who will continue his role as a youth-team coach with Burnley, played over 500 league and cup games for seven Football League clubs.

He also had spells with Witton and Lancaster City, where he was assistant manager.

And he believes contacts within the game will prove beneficial for Fleetwood.

"I like to think I'm my own man, but if I'm speaking to somebody who'll give me a bit of help then I'm going to take it.

"There are a lot of experienced people out there who I can count as friends and we will be speaking in the coming weeks and months."

The Paisley-born manager paid tribute to Greenwood who enjoyed a successful spell at Fleetwood.

"It's never nice when somebody loses their job, but Tony is always going to be held in high esteem and his name's always going to be synonymous with the success they've achieved.

"He hit a bad run of results. The league table doesn't lie at the moment, so the chairman's made a decision and he thought sooner rather than later they had to get somebody in and thankfully that person was me."

see also
Fleetwood sack manager Greenwood
17 Sep 08 |  Non League

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