Mellon as Fleetwood Town manager in 2012
|Full name||Michael Joseph Mellon|
|Date of birth||18 March 1972|
|Place of birth||Paisley, Scotland|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Shrewsbury Town (manager)|
|1991–1992||→ Cork City (loan)||11||(3)|
|1993–1994||West Bromwich Albion||45||(6)|
|2001||→ Tranmere Rovers (loan)||1||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Born in Paisley, Renfrewshire, Mellon began his career in 1989 as a 17-year-old with Bristol City gaining promotion to the then First Division, then managed by Joe Jordan. In 1991 he was loaned out for two months to League of Ireland club Cork City, making his League of Ireland debut on 20 October 1991. He made eleven league appearances for Cork, scoring three goals.
He spent four years at Ashton Gate, before joining Midlanders West Bromwich Albion in 1993 for a fee of £75,000. He played 45 league games for West Brom, scoring six goals in their promotion season ending in a play off victory over Port Vale at Wembley . It was his move to Blackpool for a fee of £50,000 in 1994, however, that saw Mellon establish himself as a regular on the team and scoresheet. Under Sam Allardyce's guidance, Mellon made 138 appearances and scored 17 goals in all competitions. He was voted the club's Player of the year in the 1995–96 season as the club just missed out on promotion from Division Two.
The season following Allardyce's sacking in 1997, Mellon moved up a division to join Tranmere Rovers, who were then playing in Division One, for a fee of £300,000. He spent two seasons at Prenton Park, followed by another two with Burnley, whom he joined for £350,000 gaining promotion finishing second to Preston North End. He returned to Tranmere Rovers in March 2001 initially on loan, and then on a free transfer. He was released in May 2004.
Management and coaching
Lancaster City and Burnley
Mellon was appointed as assistant manager of Lancaster City in June 2006. However, on 10 October after an FA Cup defeat to Scarborough he left the club along with four players for financial reasons. He moved to his former club Burnley as a youth team coach, coaching the Under-15 and Under-16 teams.
Chairman Andy Pilley appointed the Burnley youth team coach and former Blackpool midfielder Micky Mellon as manager on 23 September, succeeding Tony Greenwood. Mellon initially divided his time between coaching the Under-15 and Under-16 teams at Burnley and managing Fleetwood. However, on 12 January 2009, his position was made full-time, a first in the history of the club. Mellon led Fleetwood to a successful FA Cup run, reaching the Second Round for the first time in their history. He introduced a number of new faces to the playing staff, and over the course of the season produced a settled team with increasingly improving league results. Fleetwood finished the season in a creditable eighth place, having been bottom of the league when he was appointed.
From the beginning of the 2009–10 season, Fleetwood were seen as serious promotion contenders. By the end of 2009, Southport and Fleetwood had established themselves as the two strongest teams in the league. A 5–0 defeat to Southport on Boxing Day at Haig Avenue appeared to have tipped the balance Southport's, but this was followed by a 4–0 Fleetwood victory in the return fixture at Highbury on New Year's Day.
The demise of Farsley Celtic late in the season led their entire 2009–10 playing record being expunged, thereby costing Fleetwood three points relative to Southport. Fleetwood appealed against the decision but the appeal was rejected the day before the last match of the season, leaving Southport one point ahead. A final day 2–0 victory over Stalybridge Celtic proved ultimately inadequate in securing the championship as Southport defeated Eastwood Town 3–0 away from home to win the championship, and the automatic promotion place, by one point. A two-legged playoff semi-final against Droylsden away was decided on penalties, as a 2–0 defeat, countered by a 3–1 victory at Highbury. Goalkeeper Danny Hurst saved the last penalty to put Fleetwood through 4–3. The final was played against Alfreton Town at Highbury on 9 May, in front of a new record capacity crowd of 3,592.
Fleetwood defeated Alfreton 2–1 in Play-off final. The team's second-place finish and ultimate promotion to the Conference, the fifth tier of English football, secured the highest position in the club's history since the 1997 re-establishment.
Fleetwood won the 2011/2012 Conference National attaining 103 points in the process. Fleetwood progressed to the third round of the FA Cup for the first time in their history; beating Wycombe and Yeovil before finally succumbing 5–1 to neighbours Blackpool in front of a sell-out crowd.
Mellon's Fleetwood are progressing well in their first season in the Football League, sitting comfortably in the top half of the table.
In December 2012 Mellon was asked to assist David Flitcroft who was caretaker manager at Barnsley following the sacking of Keith Hill. In January 2013 Flitcroft was appointed permanent manager with Mellon as his assistant. Mellon helped to keep Barnsley in the Championship by securing a point at Huddersfield on May 4, 2013. On 10 May 2013 he agreed a new deal to stay at Oakwell.
In October 2013 Barnsley turned down two approaches for Mellon from Conference Premier side Forest Green to take over as their Manager. Mellon said “Barnsley had two approaches, but the club turned them down twice because they want to keep me. “So I am happy to stay at Barnsley as long as they want me because the Championship is where I want to be. “(But) I am delighted that there are people who think I can do a job and saw what I achieved at Fleetwood.”
On 19 March 2014 Barnsley sacked Micky Mellon. A club statement read: "Barnsley Football Club has (on Wednesday) terminated the employment of assistant manager Micky Mellon and goalkeeping coach Ian Willcock with immediate effect. "The club would like to place on record its thanks to both Micky and Ian for their service and wish them all the best for the future."
Mellon was appointed as the new manager of Shrewsbury Town on 12 May 2014, with former caretaker manager Michael Jackson and Danny Coyne remaining as his assistants following the clubs relegation back to League Two. Inheriting only a handful of players from the previous regime, Mellon made 16 signings over the close season, reuniting with former Fleetwood Town striker Andrew Mangan, and ex-Barnsley players Liam Lawrence and Jordan Clark.
Shrewsbury went unbeaten in their first month of the 2014-15 season, including League Cup upsets over Blackpool and away at Premier League newcomers Leicester City. Despite hitting a difficult run of form in September, they also beat then-Championship leaders Norwich City to set up a fourth round home tie with Chelsea.
Despite exiting the 2014-15 FA Cup in the second round, a narrow 1-0 away defeat at Preston North End, Shrewsbury enjoyed a highly consistent season in the league, culminating in winning promotion back to the third tier of English football at the first attempt, following a 1-0 away victory at Cheltenham Town on 25 April 2015.
- Statistics account for all competitions.:'
- As of 1 September 2015
|Fleetwood Town||27 September 2008||1 December 2012||225||116||58||51||51.56|
|Barnsley (caretaker)||30 November 2013||17 December 2013||3||1||1||1||33.33|
|Shrewsbury Town||12 May 2014||Present||62||33||11||18||53.23|
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Micky Mellon.|
- Micky Mellon career statistics at Soccerbase
- Micky Mellon management career statistics at Soccerbase
- An article by Mellon in The Guardian, 6 January 2012