Shrews signed former Town man Antoni SarcevicName: Shrewsbury Town Football Club
Stadium: Greenhous Meadow
Manager: Micky Mellon
Last season: 20th in League One
Micky Mellon’s Shrewsbury Town side will be hoping for an easier ride in the third-tier next season, having concluded their first campaign back in League One residing in 20th position.
The Salop managed to comfortably avoid the drop by four points, having attained 50 points from their 46 league outings.
Mellon, a manager who is held in high regard at Fleetwood Town, took over at the Shrews in May 2014 and led the club to an immediate return to the third-tier.
In a playing career which spanned 17-years, the Paisley-born midfielder started out at Bristol City in 1989 – making 35 appearances in four years at Ashton Gate, in a spell which also included a brief stay at League of Ireland side, Cork City.
After leaving Bristol City in 1993, he spent a solitary season with West Bromwich Albion, before a move to Blackpool was next on the agenda, a year later.
He spent three-years at Bloomfied Road, turning out 125 times at the Tangerines – later in his playing career, the Scot would spend time at Burnley, Tranmere Rovers, Kidderminster Harriers, Witton Albion and Lancaster City, bringing his career to a close in 2006, having made 490 appearances at club level.
Following a spell coaching the youth teams at former side Burnley, Mellon took his first footsteps into management, when he was appointed manager at Fleetwood Town in September 2008, succeeding Tony Greenwood at Highbury.
What followed over the course of the next four-years on the Fylde Coast kick-started Town’s rise up to League football to where they are at the moment.
Mellon guided Fleetwood to promotion in May 2010 – as the club went up from the Conference North as Play-Off winners.
A second promotion followed two-years later, with Town gaining promotion to the Football League as champions for the very first time in May 2012.
In December 2012, just a few months into FTFC’s Football League adventure, Mellon departed Highbury, but was offered a coaching role with Barnsley shortly after.
Mellon, aged 44, found himself back to management in 2014, when he took over at Greenhous Meadow, securing the club an immediate promotion, prior to achieving survival in their first term back up.
Fleetwood Town host Shrewsbury at Highbury on Tuesday 22nd November, before a trip to Shropshire awaits them on Monday 2nd January 2017.