Shrewsbury Town: Micky Mellon can manage 'at a very high level' - Jack Grimmer

Jack Grimmer
Jack Grimmer's injury-time winner to beat Sheffield Wednesday and book an FA Cup fifth-round tie at home to Manchester United was the high point of Micky Mellon's frustrating season at the Meadow

Shrewsbury Town manager Micky Mellon has been tipped to manage at a higher level after his achievement of keeping the Shropshire club in League One.

On-loan Fulham defender Jack Grimmer says the 44-year-old Scot has both the "drive" and the man-management skills.

"You walk out fired up and fighting for him," Grimmer, 22, told BBC Shropshire.

"He's always looking forward. He knows how to manage his players and his drive gets you up for games. It's why he'll go on to manage at a very high level."

Mellon has twice built promotion-winning sides, taking Fleetwood's Cod Army - Jamie Vardy and all - into the Football League in 2012 before leading Shrewsbury to promotion from League Two in 2015.

But, although working on a reportedly higher-than-average League One budget, he admits that staying up this season is a real achievement too, especially in the wake of injuries to key players - notably James Wesolowski - and the lucrative early season sale of young players Connor Goldson and Ryan Woods.

"We knew it was going to be a tough season when you lose key players and can't replace them," added the Glaswegian.

"When we knew who we were going to lose we said survival was the objective. We have got across the line. But we have to learn from this experience."

Mellon muses over his future at the Meadow

"To survive we'd say job done," said Mellon. "But there are a lot of things going on in my head that I need to work through.

"Now I have to sit down and talk with my chairman. But as far as I'm concerned, I've delivered on what I had to do

"My job when I first came here when I sat down with my chairman was to get promoted and the second season to keep us up in League One. I've done that.

"I want to put on record my thanks to my backroom staff. It's not easy coming in on a Monday morning when you're not used to losing so many games.

"But we have to do things better. The important thing is that Shrewsbury learn their lesson and have League One players. To be successful in League One, you have to have good League One players. This league is very tough and unforgiving."

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