Preseason interview: Micky Mellon speaks to birkenhead.news

As if we needed reminding, Micky Mellon is back in the driving seat at Prenton Park.

Micky’s managerial career started in 2008 at Fleetwood, with him being appointed in a full-time capacity in 2009. He secured promotion to the Conference, which was the highest position in the club’s history since its re-establishment in 1997.

Following a stint at Barnsley between 2021 and 2014, Micky was appointed manager at Shrewsbury Town in 2014, where he signed 16 new players during the closed season (sound familiar?)

We are all aware of the back-to-back promotions during his first stretch at Tranmere, and painfully recall the demotion to League 2 that followed.

Now that Micky Mellon has been appointed manager following Tranmere’s disappointing 2020/21 season, under the purview of Keith Hill, birkenhead.news spoke to him about his return and his ambitions for the season ahead.

Birkenhead News (BN): “So, Micky, what does it feel like to be back at Prenton Park?”

Micky Mellon (MM): “Everyone knows how much I think of Tranmere, as soon as I knew I was coming back I was very pleased. I’ve said before though, it’s not about me, it’s about moving the club forward and representing the supporters in the way they want to be represented.”

BN: “Thanks. You’ve made, ahem, just a couple of changes to the squad. Tell us how they’re performing together as a team.”

MM: “We’re pleased with the recruitment so far and we’ve done very well to get a lot of talent into the group, as the players have shown in training and in the pre-season games. There’s a lot of quality out there. But we still want to be improving as a group and to get to know each other better.”

BN: “Tell us about what it is that you hope to achieve during the coming season.”

MM: “Ultimately, we want to give the people of Wirral a team that represents them and play a brand of football that they can enjoy. Like I said, it’s about moving the club forward at all times and improving things as much as we can. Of course, we’ll be aiming to gain some valuable points starting on Saturday.”

BN: Do you have a preseason message for the fans?

MM: “The fans know how much I think of them and they know how hard we will work to be successful in League Two next season. It will be great to have them properly back after the events of the past 18 months because football without fans is nothing. I’ve said before, when our crowd gets going then it can make the difference.”

Tranmere host Walsall for a 3pm kick-off tomorrow afternoon and then on Tuesday 10 August, visit Boundary Park to face Oldham Athletic in the first round of the EFL Cup.

birkenhead.news will be reporting on every Tranmere game and will keep readers updated with Tranmere news throughout the 2021/22 season.

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