THE hard work has already started for Micky Mellon as Fleetwood Town prepare for their first season in the Football League.
As Fleetwood’s players partied on receiving the Blue Square Bet Premier champions’ trophy at Highbury on Saturday, after completing their campaign with a 2-0 home defeat by Luton Town, Mellon was already pondering how to put together a side to challenge at the next level.
Mellon said: “The hard work has already started.
“We’re already underway with things, and at a club like Fleetwood it moves so fast that you’ve always got to be on the front foot.
“So we’ll be planning, and we’ll make sure we put together a team that will serve this fantastic club very well in the league above.”
A number of players are due to meet with Mellon this week to discuss their futures at Highbury – among them striker Gareth Seddon.
He said: “We’ve got meetings this week and we’ll just have to see.
“The gaffer says the club has to move forward, and we’ve got to achieve again next season.
“I’m sure the chairman and Micky Mellon won’t be going in next season to survive – they’ll want to win the league and hopefully that involves me.”
Town had sealed the title with two matches to spare and lost both of them 2-0.
“As at Cambridge a week earlier, Mellon admitted his men were well below-par on Saturday.
He said: “I think we would have wanted to finish the season a little better, but it would be harsh of us to be critical and do anything other than celebrate a 46-game season and us coming out on top.
“We probably ran out of steam at the end, which was understandable because for 29 games we’ve been relentless.”
Those 29 games saw Town go unbeaten in the league from mid-October to late April, winning 23 of them.
Mellon continued: “It’s always difficult to try and keep the team going at such a tempo, when they know they’ve achieved, and get them not to take their foot off the gas.
“The pressure has been on us from the first game of the season really and to come out on top is a fantastic achievement.
“Luton gave it their all. I think they deserved their victory.
“The goals we gave away were sloppy and poor, but I don’t want to dwell too much on that.
“I want to celebrate the achievement and look forward to a campaign in League Two.”
n Jamie McGuire was desperate not to miss Fleetwood Town’s promotion party – despite undergoing surgery just 24 hours earlier.
The midfielder went under the knife on Friday after sustaining a triple depressed fracture to his cheekbone early in the defeat at Cambridge United.
But he was discharged from hospital on Saturday morning to be at Highbury for the promotion party.
McGuire said: “I only had my operation yesterday but I wasn’t going to miss this. I got discharged and came straight over.
“It’s disappointing not to get the result today but we’re the champions and that’s the main thing.
“It’s been a massive team effort. The objective was to win the league and that’s what we’ve done.
“People don’t realise what we’ve achieved this year in the league and FA Cup (in which Town reached the third round for the first time, beating League One clubs Wycombe and Yeovil before bowing out to Blackpool).
“We’re made up as champions and have to kick on from here.”
McGuire is another player who is out of contract this summer and is hoping to be part of Fleetwood’s Football League adventure .
He said: “We all find out on Tuesday, but of course I want to be here and play League football.
“The chairman’s got ambitious plans, and who wouldn’t want to be a part of that?”
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