After agreeing to return to the Club, Micky Mellon says that he is delighted to be back Prenton Park.
“It’s great to be back at Tranmere but I must stress to everybody that I’m back for the right reasons. I had a conversation with the Chairman yesterday and spoke about how he wants to take it forward. He asked me how I thought I would do that. We both came to a place where we said it’s doable and put the old band back together.
“I’m delighted to work with Parky and Dawesy, who I’ve known for as long as I’ve known anyone in football. The big thing about the place, with the owner and everybody is that we have that trust.
“It was an easy decision to come back. I wouldn’t come back and let people down. It was important to me that I believed I could come back, and get the necessary things I believed would give me the best chance at success again here, and I believe I’ve got that. The environment here is second to none, it’s terrific. I’m looking forward to meeting the fans again, the people of the Wirral and Birkenhead, I can really look forward to that. Together we can get that momentum going again and be the force we should be.”
Having guided Rovers to back to back promotions in 2017/18 and 2018/19, Mellon knows the expectations and demands to manage Tranmere.
“Everybody knows me, I don’t need any motivation. I don’t need to draw any inspiration from what happened before. This is about Tranmere moving forward now as a football club, as it always has to do. That’ll be the demands of the fan base, the owner, and the staff here. It’s what it should always be – a club moving forward.”
“I have kept an eye on the club. I was pleased to see Tranmere playing well, I had seen numerous games and had seen the club were doing well. I was disappointed as any fan that they didn’t get over the line in the end. I don’t think they got what they deserved at Wembley against Sunderland, I think Tranmere were the better team. I did keep an eye on things, purely as a fan and supported them from afar as everybody did.”
Ian Dawes and Andy Parkinson will join Micky to make up the coaching team, two people who he knows really well from his time at Tranmere and in football.
“I’ve known them for as long as I’ve known anyone in football, and they know me. They know how I like to work, and they know the responsibilities that I’ll give them. I’ll make sure they’re fulfilled in what they want to do. We want to keep developing them and keeping them moving forward because they’ve got good futures in coaching and hopefully management.”
“It’s what Tranmere should always be wanting to do. To keep winning games of football and keep moving forward, that should always be the demands. Keep improving. That wouldn’t change, regardless of what happened last season. The club would still be demanding to keep moving forward, and that’s what we’re doing. It’s a fabulous football club, so in those terms, it’s business as usual. Our standards will be high, training hard, playing for the jersey, playing for the people of Birkenhead and representing them properly.”