Mellon: Not many were sticking up for Ollie

Kettering v Fleetwood by Derick Thomas'Micky Mellon at final whistle

Kettering v Fleetwood by Derick Thomas'Micky Mellon at final whistle

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MICKY Mellon has played down his contribution to the recent turnaround in former club Blackpool’s fortunes.

After the Seasiders recorded back-to-back wins for only the second time this season with Saturday’s success against Millwall, manager Ian Holloway thanked Mellon for a phonecall which lifted his spirits and helped his team.

The pair have remained friends since their playing days in Bristol, where Mellon turned out for City and Holloway for Rovers.

Holloway said he was determined to become his old self again after Mellon |“slaughtered” him on the phone for appearing to have lost his customary enthusiastic and positive outlook.

Mellon thanked Holloway for his kind words didn’t wish to make a big issue of the phonecall.

The Town boss said: “Ian is a top man and, as he says, people have to ask who motivates the motivators.

“I didn’t see too many people standing up for my pal, so I thought that I would give him a call to support him.”