Dundee United: Micky Mellon appointed as manager

Micky Mellon led Tranmere Rovers to consecutive promotions in his four-year reign
Micky Mellon led Tranmere Rovers to consecutive promotions in his four-year reign

Dundee United have appointed Micky Mellon as their manager after agreeing compensation for the year left on his Tranmere Rovers contract.

The Scot, 48, ended his four-year stay at Prenton Park to replace Robbie Neilson for United's top-flight return.

"I am very happy to be here at Dundee United," Mellon told the club website.

"The challenge of managing the club in the Premiership is an exciting one. I look forward to meeting the players and am really keen to get started."

Former England boss Steve McClaren ruled himself out for the role after talks with United, who were given permission to approach Scottish FA performance director Malky Mackay.

Jon Daly and Austin MacPhee were also reportedly interviewed.

United's sporting director Tony Asghar said Mellon's "enthusiasm and standing in the game make him an ideal fit to the culture at Tannadice".

"He is a players' manager and someone who will embrace the fans and local community which is highlighted by him moving to the local area with his family," said Asghar on Monday.

"I would also like to thank Mark Palios at Tranmere for his professional and respectful manner during the negotiations.

"Micky will meet the staff and players tomorrow as we look forward to a new era in the history of Dundee United FC."

Mellon led Tranmere to England's League One with back-to-back promotions, although the club were relegated last month when the bottom two tiers were curtailed on a points-per-game average.

He previously achieved promotion with Fleetwood Town and Shrewsbury Town after a playing career spent entirely in England.

Neilson returned for a second spell as Hearts manager last month after leading United to the Scottish Championship title, ending their four-season stay in the second tier.

'Good motivator & man-manager' - analysis

Scottish midfielder Ian Black, who played under Mellon at Shrewsbury Town, on BBC Scotland Sportsound

He was great for the squad we had. He's a good motivator and man-manager; he identifies quickly which players need an arm round them and which ones need a kick up the backside.

He can mix up the styles of play, he doesn't really have a preferred one. I wouldn't say he's a hard taskmaster, he demands respect and gives it back.

I'm sure he'll do a job up here. He's experienced and has done well wherever he's been.

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