Former Tranmere Rovers player Micky Mellon has been appointed as the club's new manager after leaving League One Shrewsbury Town.
As a player, midfielder Mellon had two spells at Prenton Park. Either side of a two-year stint with Burnley, he made 205 appearances and scored 10 goals for Rovers and was a popular figure amongst the Tranmere faithful. As a manager, the Scotsman has had a great deal of success since taking his first role back in September 2008 with Fleetwood Town.
He took over with the side sat at the bottom of the Conference North and lifted them to 8th in his first season before leading them to promotion via the play-offs the following year. In 2010-11, Mellon then took Fleetwood to the Conference play-offs, losing out to AFC Wimbledon, before helping them to the title and into the Football League for the first time the following season with 103 points.
After leaving Fleetwood with the Cod Army in 4th position in League Two, Mellon spent 18 months working as assistant to David Flitcroft in the Championship at Barnsley before taking over at Shrewsbury Town at the start of the 2014-15 campaign where he guided them to promotion back into League One.
Tranmere Chairman Mark Palios said: “I am delighted to bring Micky back to Tranmere Rovers for a third time. His track record speaks for itself. He already has a number of promotions to his name and we are confident he will add to that record once more at Prenton Park. We are especially pleased to bring in a manager currently managing in League 1 and who sees the potential in the Club."
Mellon, who has previously managed Fleetwood to the National League title, takes over from former manager Gary Brabin, who was sacked at the end of the 2015/16 season following Tranmere's failure to make the national league playoffs.