Shrewsbury Town boss Micky Mellon is wary of Blackpool’s Championship class -despite the summer of chaos at Bloomfield Road.
The former Pool midfielder and Fleetwood Town manager took the helm at the Greenhous Meadow at the start of the summer - the first appointment for former Seasiders chief executive Matt Williams.
Mellon, who still makes his home in Blackpool, couldn’t believe his luck when the Shrews were drawn at home to Pool in the Capital One cup.
And, despite his links to Bloomfield Road, he’s been busy plotting a giant-killing tonight.
“It’s a massive game, a huge game, like they all are,” he said.
“We’re excited against playing against a team from a higher level.
“They’re still a group of Championship players, they have Championship quality right through the group.
“We know we have to respect that and be somewhere near our best if we’re going to get something out of the game.
“But we’re looking forward to it, it’s our first home game of the season.”
Mellon and Williams are just two of the all-too familiar faces at League Two Shrewsbury, who also have Michael Jackson on the coaching staff and boast a number of former Blackpool men, including keeper Mark Halstead on their playing staff.
“I think there’s about six of us with connections to Blackpool,” chuckled Mellon ahead of tonight’s clash.
“It’s one of those strange ones which gets flung up from time to time.
“But it won’t affect us.
“The important thing is Shrewsbury Town give a good account of themselves.
He’ll be looking for his side to go all-guns-blazing against the Seasiders tonight but Mellon admits he still has a soft spot for the Bloomfield Road club.
He said: “I was there for a good few years.
“It was a fully enjoyable time there.
“But it was many, many moons ago and you’d have to have a good memory to look back to then.
“It’s a great football club, great history and we look forward to hosting them down here.”