‘This weekend could not get any worse’ – These Tranmere fans react to potentially huge blow

Dundee United are reported to be close to appointing Tranmere Rovers manager Micky Mellon as their new head coach, according to reports.

The 48-year-old has enjoyed two promotions and what is being termed as a ‘fake relegation’ during his time at Prenton Park and he looks set to become the first Tranmere manager in 50 years to be poached by another club. The Tangerines, who won the Scottish Championship, need him to replace Robbie Neilson who has moved to Heart of Midlothian. The two clubs have swapped place in the Scottish system.

Dundee United were looking to former England boss Steve McClaren, but he ruled himself out after talks. Scottish FA performance director Malky Mackay was also thought to be in the running, alongside Jon Daly and Austin MacPhee.

Instead, it is Scot Mellon, who spent his entire playing career south of the border, who looks likely to rock up at Tannadice. As well as his success with Tranmere, he previously achieved promotion with Fleetwood Town and Shrewsbury Town. He endured a tough season with Tranmere in 2019/20, coming up through the League Two play-offs, but losing leading striker James Norwood. When the season ‘ended’, his side were three points adrift with a game in hand over their rivals, Wimbledon.

Tranmere supporters are still reeling from their relegation to League Two, so news that the manager is on his way as well has not been well received.

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