Fleetwood Town Sack Manager Micky Mellonby Richard Smith / 01 December 2012, 19:26Tweet
League Two side, Fleetwood Town, announced on Saturday evening that they have sacked their manager, Micky Mellon. The news follows the side's 3-2 FA Cup deafeat at the hands of Aldershot.
The news is something of a shock after the 'Cod Army' currently sits seventh in the league following promotion from the Conference last season and had lost just five of the 20 league games played so far this season.
Fleetwood was Mellon's first managerial post aftter the Scotsman made his name as a player for Blackpool, Burnley and Tranmere Rovers before joing the Cod Army in September 2008 when the club was in the Conference North.
In four years, Mellon guided the club to two promotions and had made a bright start to life in the Football League, he had recently been linked to the vacancies at both Blackpool and Burnley and was a popular character amongst the Highbury faithful, to whom his dismissal will come as something as surprise. Mellon departs with an impressive record of 224 games in charge, 116 wins, 58 draws and 50 defeats.
Backed by wealthy owner and Chairman, And Pilley, it will be interesting to see who the club now targets to replace Micky Mellon. After making several big money signings since winning promotion to League Two, it is likely that the Lancashire side will target a name that matches its ambition. With money no objective, expect names such as Billy Davies, Owen Coyle, Phil Brown, Paul Ince and Gordon Strachan all to be linked to the vacancy.