Micky Mellon says his time at Fleetwood Town will help him in his new job as manager of Shrewsbury.
The former Cod Army boss has taken over from another former Blackpool player, Michael Jackson, at the newly relegated League Two side.
Mellon will link up with outgoing Seasiders secretary Matt Williams, who was unveiled at The Meddow as chief executive last week.
Mellon led Fleetwood through both levels of the Conference and into the Football League before being replaced by Graham Alexander in December 2012.
And the 42-year-old believes his time at Highbury improved him as a boss. Mellon said: “Fleetwood was a fantastic grounding for me.
“I had to build a club from scratch at Highbury, so it was great for me.
“It’s given me great experience to come to Shrewbury and do a good job here.”
Since leaving Barnsley, where he served as assistant manager for 15 months, Mellon has been linked with a number of lower league jobs but he feels this is the right one at the right time.
Mellon revealed: “It didn’t take long for me to make the decision. I spoke to the chairman and it seems like he loves the club and wants to take it forward. His ambition matches mine, so I’m delighted.
“I think we only have seven players left but I’m confident I can put together a squad who can bounce straight back into League One. There’s plan in place and I’ll work hard with Matt Williams and we can’t wait to get started.”