Micky Mellon switches Shrewsbury Town for Tranmere Roversby Jack Kitson / 06 October 2016, 14:05
In one of the more surprising moves in the manager merry-go-round Micky Millon has switched League One side Shrewsbury Town for National Conference outfit Tranmere Rovers, and in the process dropped down two divisions in the league ladder.
We are more accustomed to watching managers jump up a division, or on the rare occasion two divisions, not the other way around. However, today (Thursday) this has proved to be the case, with Mellon leaving the Shrews after nearly two-and-a-half-years.
During his time in charge of Shrewsbury Mellon led the club up to League One in 2015, as champions, before preserving the club's third-tier status (just) following a 20th place finish.
But after a disappointing start to the new season - the Shrews are 22nd with just two wins from 11 games - the lure of returning to former club Tranmere, with whom he had three seprate spells at as a player (one on loan), has proved to be too strong for Melon, although his decision to sink down two leagues will raise eyebrows.
Mellon joins a Tranmere side who have slid down to 9th in the Conference following a rotten run of just one win in seven games. Rovers enjoyed a stunning start to the season, recording 19 points from their opening seven matches, but their recent poor form has seen them unexpectedly plummet down the table.
The sudden switch means that Shrewsbury will now begin their seach for a sixth manager since 2007. Goalkeeping coach Danny Coyne has been placed in charge of the first team for Saturday's match at Bradford, while you can check out the latest odds and betting information here: Next Shrewsbury Town Manager Market.