By George Williamson
In an interview with BBC Radio Merseyside on Wednesday night, Tranmere Rovers owner Mark Palios had only positive things to say of Rovers boss Micky Mellon as he gave him a full vote of confidence.
And although in recent, more high profile cases, receiving a vote of confidence from an owner can be more of a kiss of death than an assertion of job security for a manager, Palios’ own version on Wednesday night felt very genuine, and it’s no less than Mellon deserves after guiding the club into the play-off places in the National League with just eleven games to go.
After a poor start to the season that saw the side flounder towards the lower echelons of the table with a string of erratic results, Mellon has turned results around dramatically with the side sitting 6th in the National League table, and could have gone within a point of the top spot with a win over Macclesfield Town on Tuesday night.
Mark Palios says he is “happy” with Micky Mellon in charge saying he is a manager who can “change things” in a game. #TRFC
— Tranmere Talk (@TranmereTalk) February 21, 2018
Unfortunately, Macclesfield resoundingly beat Rovers 4-1 at Prenton Park in that game, but that defeat was the Super Whites’ first since New Year’s Day, and they had won nine home league games on the bounce before Tuesday’s humbling sent them crashing down to Earth.
Some fans had called for Mellon’s head after the defeat, which seems ludicrous when put into the context of the unbeaten run they’ve just come out of.
But Palios’ comments will calm the nerves of those who felt Mellon may have been in danger of the axe, and Mellon deserves every chance to continue until at least the end of the season as Rovers are well placed to go one better than last season’s disappointing play-off final and earn promotion back into the Football League.
Here’s a summary of what Palios said on BBC Radio Merseyside:
The 65-year-old said that he would never rush into making such a drastic decision such as changing manager midway through the season and said the thought never crossed his mind despite a poor to the 2017-18 campaign.
He said that bringing in a new manager causes heaps of problems and that if we were to usher in a new man in charge he predicts that a number of players would have been brought in and others shown the door to establish a new team.
Micky Mellon deserves every chance to drag Tranmere Rovers back into the Football League, and by the sounds of Mark Palios’ comments on Wednesday night, he’ll have every opportunity to do so.