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I had to admit to being somewhat surprised this morning when a thread started on the board to reveal that Micky Mellon would be leaving his role as manager of Shrewsbury Town to become the new boss at National League Tranmere Rovers.

Initially it didn’t make sense, but Shrewsbury are struggling in League One. Having won promotion in 2015 in Mellon’s first season in charge, they avoided the drop by one place last season, albeit they were four points clear. But there has been no improvement this season and they are currently third from bottom of the table with only two wins from their first 11 games. They also went out of the Checkatrade Trophy this week, losing to Scunthorpe having lost their first game in the competition at home to Cambridge.

The simple answer is that Mellon, and his number two Michael Jackson, probably didn’t have long left. Chief exec Brian Caldwell said: “It’s a mutual agreement with Micky and Michael as well that it’s in the best interests of everybody for them to move on.

“We’ve looked at the performances and, let’s be honest and cut to the chase, the team haven’t performed as to how we’d expect this season and we’ve taken a view after trying to be as patient as possible. But it’s in the best interests of everybody to make this change and it’s by mutual consent and we’ve all left on good terms and shaken hands.”

As former Claret Mellon, who joined Burnley from Tranmere in 1999 before returning just over two years later, departs, one of his former Turf Moor team mates Danny Coyne takes over on a temporary basis but he has no intention of taking the job permanently.

“I’m just helping the club with the situation we’re in at the minute,” goalkeeping coach Coyne said, but when asked if he’d be interested in taking the job, he added: “No, I’m not cut out to be a manager I don’t think.

“It’s one of those things, there’s a lot more to it than people think. They’ve got to perform the way you tell them to perform, there’s a lot that goes on. Being in the coaching side of it, as many years as I have, you get to see things like that, so no it’s not something that I would be interested in.”

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