FLEETWOOD Town chairman Andy Pilley insisted a change was needed after his shock sacking of manager Micky Mellon.
The 40-year-old saw his contract terminated following Town’s 3-2 home defeat by Aldershot in the second round of the FA Cup on Saturday, their third successive loss.
Pilley, who appointed the Scot over four years ago, said it was an “incredibly difficult” decision to make but the needs of the club were always his priority.
Mellon won promotion in two of his three full seasons in charge and leaves Town in the League Two play-off zone, despite just one win in their last six league fixtures.
The chairman told The Gazette: “I have a lot of respect for Micky Mellon. I don’t want to go into too much detail on precisely what happened and why – at the moment things are just too raw.
“Suffice to say we felt it was the right time for a change. We had lost our way a little and we needed a change of leadership.
“It is a decision based just upon the way the football club has performed recently.
“The decision had to be in the best interests of the football club and that is what we have done.
“People will read into it what they will. There were numerous factors we had to take into account but the fact was that a change was needed.”
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