Mellon: League must decide Quakers’ fate

Fleetwood Town Manager Micky Mellon held a press conference at Fylde Rugby Club in advance of the club's much-anticipated FA Cup clash with Blackpool.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'05-01-12
Fleetwood Town Manager Micky Mellon held a press conference at Fylde Rugby Club in advance of the club's much-anticipated FA Cup clash with Blackpool. PIC BY ROB LOCK'05-01-12

FLEETWOOD Town boss Micky Mellon has called on the Football Conference to step in and decide without further delay whether his club’s fixture at Darlington will go ahead on Saturday.

Frantic talks are continuing in the North-East in a bid to save the Blue Square Bet Premier’s crisis club, who yesterday terminated the contracts of caretaker manager Craig Little and all the players.

The Quakers are in administration but must raise further funds to stay in business and negotiations with potential eleventh-hour investors are ongoing.

Mellon has every sympathy with Darlington, but feels the uncertainty is unfair on Fleetwood and he called on the league to intervene decisively.

The Town boss said: “It’s a very difficult position to be in and we have to be as professional as possible. It’s easy for people on the outside to say we should prepare as if the match is definitely on but we are getting all sorts of different reports.

“I want to stress how much I sympathise with Darlington and their players. Nobody wants to see a club go under but I honestly feel the league should take control of this situation and make a decision whether or not our game goes ahead.

“Someone has to appreciate that we are trying to prepare and we deserve to know what is going on.

We have to prepare the players and make travel and accommodation arrangements, and we shouldn’t just be relying on rumours on Twitter.”

Town missed out on a match last weekend as a result of their early exit from the FA Trophy, and they face a two-week break between games if Darlington are unable to fulfil Saturday’s match.

To plug the gap, Mellon has taken his whole squad up to Glasgow to prepare for a friendly against Motherwell today. Mellon added: “This game definitely goes ahead because all SPL clubs have undersoil heating.

“We have been here since Sunday and it’s an opportunity to get together in a change of environment.

“We have a game for all the players to focus on, but they need to know what is happening with Darlington.”

Centre-half Rob Atkinson will definitely play today – his first appearance since breaking an ankle in October.

Despite making the best use of their enforced break, Mellon admits he’d rather it hadn’t happened.

“We are all footballers and we want to keep playing, but you have to be as creative as possible during a break like this to keep players interested and keep things fresh. But everyone has been terrific and focused.”

*TWO Town fixtures have been confirmed for live TV coverage as the title race enters its final stages.

The Blue Square Bet Premier matches at Kidderminster on Friday, March 9 and at home to Wrexham on Tuesday, April 10 will be broadcast live on subscription challel Premier Sports TV.