Former Bristol City, Burnley and West Brom figure lands new managerial role

One former Bristol City midfielder is back in the management game!
(Photo by Lewis Storey/Getty Images)(Photo by Lewis Storey/Getty Images)
(Photo by Lewis Storey/Getty Images)

Oldham Athletic have unveiled appointed a former Bristol City midfielder as their new first-team manager.

The National League club had been on the lookout for a new manager after parting company with former Everton coach Unsworth who was relieved of his duties in September.

Earlier this week, former Blackpool caretaker boss Steve Thompson left Boundary Park, along with ex-Leeds United coach Neil Redfearn. Thompson’s position became ‘untenable’ and it was revealed that he would not be resuming his post as head of recruitment.

It has now been revealed however that former Bristol City and Blackpool midfielder Mickey Mellon would be taking the reins. He along with Gary Bowyer had been linked with the post, and it is the 51-year-old who has won the race.

“This is a hugely exciting opportunity at a wonderful football club,” said Mellon upon his appointment.

“I am determined to deliver the success that everyone here craves.

“The aspirations of the club and the developments in recent times mean it is a genuine privilege to be joining Oldham Athletic at this juncture. There is so much potential here and the scope to achieve something very special.

“The supporters of this club deserve success and together I want us to embark on a journey that will create lasting memories for us all.”

Mellon returns to the dugout six months after he left his role as Tranmere Rovers boss. His management career has seen him lead Fleetwood Town to two promotions, whilst also getting Tranmere and Shrewsbury Town promoted. Despite being born in Scotland, his first and only job in Scotland was at Dundee United after he led the Terrors to a ninth-placed finish in the Scottish Championship.

As for his playing career, he played for 17-years, and it all started with Bristol City at Ashton Gate. He was managed by Joe Jordan, and mae 35 appearances between 1989 and 1983, and was loaned out to Cork City. Mellon went on to play or West Brom, Blackpool, Tranmere Rovers, Burnley, Kidderminster Harriers, before settling down with Witton Albion and later Lancaster City.