Micky Mellon is back at Tranmere Rovers for a second term as manager, less than 12 months after leaving the club.
The 49-year-old led Tranmere to successive National League and League Two promotions in 2018 and 2019, before ending his four-year stint at Prenton Park last July after the club were relegated from Ligue 1 on one point per game. based.
Mellon spent last season with Dundee United, which he guided to ninth place in their debut season in the Scottish Premiership. They also reached the Scottish Cup semi-finals.
He left Tannadice last week following “a constructive and open discussion on the season review”.
“It’s great to be back,” said Mellon, who has made more than 200 appearances for Tranmere. “When I went to Scotland after our demotion from League One it left a feeling of unfinished business and I’m happy to have the opportunity to right this wrong.
“Tranmere is a forward-thinking club with an exciting future, and I wanted to be a part of it, so I can’t wait to get started and join the SWA (Super White Army) once again.”
Tranmere is hopeful that Mellon’s re-appointment will put an end to a turbulent period at the Birkenhead club.
Former Mellon assistant Mike Jackson was sacked in October after a poor start to the season. Keith Hill replaced him and secured a place for the play-offs, but he was also sacked ahead of their semi-final against Morecambe.
Ian Dawes took over temporarily, with Tranmere losing 3-2 on aggregate to Morecambe.
Dawes becomes Mellon’s assistant manager while Andy Parkinson will act as the first team coach.
Tranmere President Mark Palios said: “It’s great to have Micky back at Prenton Park. enough time to build a team for the new season.
“At Micky, we have a proven manager who already has a connection to the SWA, having guided us through consecutive promotions from the National League to Ligue 1.
“I am very confident that with his knowledge and experience, and with Ian Dawes and Andy Parkinson by his side, we will be pushing hard for promotion next season.”