Micky Mellon Set to Leave Prenton Park For Tannadice Park
Dundee United expect to appoint Tranmere Rovers manager Micky Mellon as their new manager this morning. The Scotsman is set to end his four year spell as Tranmere Rovers manager to replace Robbie Neilson for Dundee United’s Scottish Premier League return.
Former England manager Steve McClaren ruled himself out for the role after talks with Dundee United, who were given permission to approach Scottish Footballl Association performance director Malky Mackay. The club also interviewed both Jon Daly and Austin MacPhee for the managers post at Tannadice Park.
Mellon, who has one year left on his contract at Prenton Park led Tranmere Rovers to England’s Sky Bet League One with back-to-back promotions, although the club were relegated last month when the bottom two tiers were curtailed on a points-per-game average. He previously achieved promotion with Fleetwood Town & Shrewsbury Town after a playing career spent entirely in England. Robbie Neilson returned for a second spell as Hearts manager last month after leading Dundee United to the Scottish Championship title, ending their four-season stay in the second tier.
Speaking about the appointment Scottish midfielder Ian Black (who played for Mellon at Shrewsbury Town) said, “He was great for the squad we had. He’s a good motivator and man-manager and he identifies quickly which players need an arm round them and which ones need a kick up the backside. He can mix up the styles of play, he doesn’t really have a preferred one. I wouldn’t say he’s a hard taskmaster, he demands respect and gives it back. I’m sure he’ll do a job up here. He’s experienced and has done well wherever he’s been.