Former Fleetwood boss to stay at Barnsley

Mellon (right with David Flitcroft) happy to stay

Mellon (right with David Flitcroft) happy to stay

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Ex-Fleetwood Town manager Micky Mellon has turned down overtures to become boss at Skrill Conference side Forest Green Rovers and has decided to stay with Championship club Barnsley, instead.

Ambitious Forest Green had pinpointed Mellon as the man they wanted to replace Dave Hockaday, having seen the job he did in aiding Fleetwood through the divisions and into the Football League.

So keen were Forest Green that they approached Barnsley twice, the latest as recently as on Tuesday, but Mellon is staying at Oakwell, where he is coach, working in tandem with manager David Flitcroft.

Mellon, who lost his job at Highbury 11 months ago in the wake of an FA Cup defeat against Aldershot, said: “Barnsley had two approaches, but the club turned them down twice because they want to keep me.

“So I am happy to stay at Barnsley as long as they want me because the Championship is where I want to be.

“I am delighted that there are people who think I can do a job and saw what I achieved at Fleetwood.