Fleetwood to decide on players’ future

AFC Wimbledon v Fleetwood Town''Micky Mellon after the final whistle
AFC Wimbledon v Fleetwood Town''Micky Mellon after the final whistle
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FLEETWOOD Town are set to announce which players will be leaving and who is to stay at Highbury in their bid to kick-start another attempt to attain Football League status next season.

In the wake of the 8-1 aggregate defeat at the hands of a powerful, athletic and well-drilled AFC Wimbledon, which shattered dreams of reaching the Blue Square Bet Premier play-off final, manager Micky Mellon was charged with plotting future strategy and team-building.

That was expected to mean a number of players who have figured in the side over the past two seasons moving on.

Mellon said: “The players have sweated pints of blood for this club over the past two seasons and I can’t praise them highly enough.

“It would be wrong to say that we have over-achieved because the final league table does not lie and it showed that we were the fifth-best team in non-league football in England.

“But we have to continue to move forward as a club and I have to make decisions about who is going and who is staying.”

Mellon was due to tell the players today who is to leave. He described this as the worst part of the job but one every manager must confront.

The manager’s own contract is up, but he has already held informal talks with a view to staying at Fleetwood.

Mellon added: “I want to stay here to carry on the job I’ve started.

“It is easy for me to say it, but I love the club and I am happy at Fleetwood.

“I was here before it had a funky new stand and a sports bar, when you could still see parts of the old speedway track and the pitch didn’t have modern pop-up sprinklers like it has now.

“I have unfinished business here.”

Fleetwood have already identified potential transfer targets for next season.