Madden leads Town into the unknown

Micky Mellon and Craig Madden
Micky Mellon and Craig Madden

CARETAKER boss Craig Madden will hold the fort at Fleetwood Town to the best of his ability but knows his future is uncertain.

The former Blackpool striker, who was Micky Mellon’s No.2 at Highbury for two and a half years until the manager’s shock sacking on Saturday, will take charge with coach Steve Macauley until a successor is appointed.

The 54-year-old has no interest in taking the top job himself, but know his long-term future as second-in-command is by no means guaranteed.

Madden told The Gazette: “The chairman has said he doesn’t want me to go and is happy with the backroom staff, but we’ll have to see what happens. A new manager may very well want to bring in his own no.2.

“We had a meeting with the chairman on Monday and he told us that people have applied already.

“He told us there is no timeframe. He will sift through the applications and will take his time. He said he would keep us up to speed. I wasn’t tempted. Being a manager isn’t me and I’m happy to concentrate on the coaching side.

“It was made clear at the meeting that somebody new is going to come in and I’d honestly hadn’t thought about going for it myself.”

Madden admits his coaching role was a difficult one at the club’s Fylde training base yesterday. He added: “The lads were disappointed but we expected that. I think it came as a shock to everyone.

“The lads were very flat, which wasn’t a surprise because some of them had worked with Micky since the Blue Square North days.

“Some of the lads who have played at a higher level have seen all this before but it’s never nice.

“But footballers are footballers and within a couple of days they will just be getting on with it again.”

Madden admitted Saturday’s bombshell news took him completely by surprise. “It came totally out of the blue. To find out so quickly after the game was a real shock. I’d just got home and Micky called to tell me the news.

“I know results had not been favourable but we’ve had massive injury problems. But that’s football and it’s no excuse.

“We had not done well enough in the last three games. It would be easy to blame the three defeats on the injuries but you can’t do that. That’s why you have a squad and we have deemed all the players in that squad good enough to represent Fleetwood Town.

“It’s always a shock to lose matches because we aren’t used to that here, but everyone must remember we are in a much tougher league now.”

Madden had a previous stint as a caretaker manager at Stockport 11 years ago, but despite his own vulnerable position his first thoughts are for Mellon.

“It would be nice to get it resolved quickly but first and foremost I’m disappointed for Micky. He brought me here and is a personal friend.

“He’ll be hurting and I hope he will gets sorted out soon and enjoys more success in the future.”