Exclusive: Larnell Cole on Tranmere Rovers, Micky Mellon and Paul Scholes

By Joel Lampkin

The career of Larnell Cole was one that many believed would be the next big thing at Old Trafford, although his career his spun off into a different direction.

The 24-year-old signed a contract extension with Tranmere Rovers until the end of the season, a decision that many criticised, with the player’s quality and desire brought into question.

However, the former Manchester United and Fulham attacker hailed the draw that Micky Mellon had in bringing him to the club as as well focussing on his current challenge and stepping out of the shadows of his past.


Larnell Cole wants to step out of the shadows of his former clubs (image: Daily Mirror)

He said: “[My time at Tranmere] has been good so far. Obviously I have known the gaffa before from being on loan at Shrewsbury, it has been fine, I have settled in well.”

Having represented a number of prestigious Football League in his short career, Cole feels that the past should remain in the past as he looks to focus on his future with The Super Whites.

“I think you just have to put that to the back of your mind,” he said. “Every year is different, it is a different challenge, it is in the past, so it is a new challenge for me and I am looking forward to it.”

While representing one of Britain’s most successful clubs, the winger got the chance to sit under the learning tree of Paul Scholes who joined in training with the under 23’s.

Cole was one of many top talents at United with the likes of Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingaard both former teammates of the current Rovers forward.


Cole trained with Paul Scholes while at Manchester United (image: GiveMeSport.com)

He said on training with the current BT Sport pundit: “He came and did a little bit of training with the under 23’s, it was good to be able to learn from him.

“It was very good.”

With Tranmere having plenty of options out wide, Cole has had to bide his time during some periods and with new boy Josh Ginnelly coming in on-loan from Burnley – it has only made it harder to force his way into the squad.

Having made just 10 appearances this season and not featuring since mid January it has been a waiting game for the former England u/20 representative who understands the competition for places is tough.

He said: “I came in and I was kind of in and out myself, picked up little injuries, but it changes all the time, we always have to be ready and to just keep fit.”

Tranmere Rovers vs Halifax Town - Vanarama National League

Cole netted on his debut for The Super Whites (image: Tranmere Rovers)

Cole’s career at Prenton Park could not have started any better as he netted on his debut against Halifax in a 4-2 win back in October – a goal he remembers fondly.

“It was good to get it out of the way,” he said. “You just have to keep working hard, but it was a very good feeling obviously, to come and to do that.”

The 24-year-old has represented numerous clubs all around the United Kingdom and has featured in five different leagues including the Premier League, Championship, League One, and the Scottish Championship.

However, Tranmere marks his first venture outside of the Football League and Cole feels that the difference is very clear.

He said: “Some games you find that they are different. There might be a lot of long balls, you might have to wait a long time for your chance”

“You cannot get frustrated. Sometimes the game might not be as good or you might not be playing your best game, or the type of game you want to play but you just have to keep in there and hope your chance will come.”


Cole worked with Micky Mellon at Shrewsbury (image: Getty Images)

Cole reveals that one of the best things about playing for Tranmere Rovers is his manager Micky Mellon, a man he has worked with previously at Shrewsbury Town.

The winger felt that with the man in the hot seat a big fan, his decision to extend his stay on Birkenhead until the end of the season was a very easy one.

He said: “Knowing the gaffa and what he thinks of me, it was quite easy you know, I thought it was a good opportunity to play and help the club get promoted which is what we want to do.”

“It is nice to know that he backs you and obviously you want to try and repay that every time you go and play.”



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