Mellon forced to sacrifice summer stability

Fleetwood Town manager Micky Mellon
Fleetwood Town manager Micky Mellon

FLEETWOOD Town boss Micky Mellon has revealed there is a price to be paid for their amazing success – a major squad-rebuilding job virtually every summer

Town’s fifth promotion in eight seasons has been their greatest yet, taking them into the Football League, but it means a major summer rebuilding programme for Mellon and little season-to-season continuity.

Mellon, whose biggest challenge is to replace Leicester-bound top scorer Jamie Vardy, told The Gazette; “This club has never stood still and that makes it difficult in some ways.

“We have rattled through the leagues and we have to keep on trying to get better players to improve the group.

“You want to try to keep a consistent group together, but the players we have had played mostly non-league football and we have to try to move it on.

“Including the young players, we have lost 14 this summer. It seems that this time every year we are in transition and you can’t have the stability you want.”

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TOWN will be joined in the Football League next season by York City, whose eight-year exile ended when they beat Luton in yesterday’s Blue Square Bet Premier play-off final at Wembley.

The Minsterman were beaten finalists two years ago, but recovered from the shock of conceding after just 71 seconds to seal victory with goals by Ashley Chambers and Matty Blair.

The 30,000-plus Luton fans had a dream start as Andre Gray fired into the bottom corner but Gary Mills’ side proceeded to dominate.