Meet The First Team Staff At Shrewsbury Town
Manager - Micky Mellon
The Scot was appointed as Shrewsbury Town manager on May 12,
Born in Paisley on March 18, 1972, Micky spent his playing days this
side of the border as a midfielder apart from a brief loan spell at Irish
club Cork City in his early days with Bristol City where he emerged
from the youth ranks.
He clocked up 490 career appearances, scoring 35 goals.
He joined West Bromwich Albion in 1993 and then Blackpool, clocking
up over a century of appearances for the Bloomfield Road club.
Two spells with Tranmere Rovers followed either side of a stint with
He wrapped up his playing career with spells at Kidderminster Harriers,
Witton Albion and Lancaster City which is where he took his first steps
on the managerial ladder.
He returned to Burnley in a youth coaching role before being handed the
manager's job at ambitious Fleetwood Town in September 2008.
He enjoyed notable success with the Lancashire club, leading them to
promotion from the Conference North and then the Conference National
title in 2012 with 103 points.
They also reached the third round of the FA Cup that season, losing to
near neighbours Blackpool.
Micky eventually left Fleetwood midway through the club's first season
in the Football League in December 2012.
He quickly returned to football as assistant manager to Dave Flitcroft at
Barnsley in the Championship and stayed at Oakwell until March 2014.
Assistant Manager - Mike Jackson
Mike was renowned as a solid, reliable central defender during a
long playing career before joining the coaching staff at Shrewsbury
after a persistent knee injury forced him to hang up his boots.
An apprentice at Crewe Alexandra, Mike really made the breakthrough to
first team football with Bury, clocking up 125 league appearances for the
Shakers, before joining Preston North End.
He went on to spend seven years at Deepdale and played over 250
games before spells with Tranmere Rovers and Blackpool, whom he
captained to promotion in the League One play-off final at Wembley in
Paul Simpson brought him to Shrewsbury in the summer of 2008 on the
same day the club paid out a club record transfer fee for striker Grant
Mike started his Shrewsbury career impressively but after a long battle
to overcome a knee injury he was forced to eventually call time on his
playing days in January 2010.
Mike has successfully made the transition to coaching and was recently
awarded his UEFA Pro Licence.
He stepped up to the manager's hotseat when Graham Turner stepped
down in January 2014 and took charge for the final 19 games of the
League One season before reverting to assistant manager following the
appointment of Micky Mellon in May 2014.
Goalkeeping Coach - Danny Coyne
Danny, a former Wales international goalkeeper, joined the
Greenhous Meadow staff as goalkeeping coach in July 2013, also
registering as a player.
Born in North Wales, Danny clocked up nearly 200 appearances in two
spells with Tranmere Rovers and also enjoyed four seasons as near
enough a regular at Grimsby Town when the Mariners were in the
second tier of English football.
He also had spells with Leicester City, Burnley, Middlesbrough and
Sheffield United, playing more than 500 career games.
Capped by Wales at under-21 level and B level, Danny is also the
proud holder of 16 full international caps.
He made his debut away to Switzerland in 1996 with his final cap
coming 11 years later in Cyprus.
Physio - Chris Skitt
Chris became the youngest physio in the Football League when,
in his mid-20s, he succeeded Nathan Ring after he moved to
Brighton & Hove Albion early in 2011.
After a spell working at Burnley, Chris, who grew up near Shrewsbury,
initially joined the Greenhous Meadow staff as youth team physio before
making the step up.
A chirpy figure around the Club, Chris is highly qualified and quickly
earned the respect of his colleagues.
A keen amateur footballer, Chris is a reliable defender for Cruckton
Rovers in the premier division of the Shrewsbury & District Sunday
Fitness Coach - Andy Hodgen
Sports Therapist - Richard Higgs
Richard graduated from the University of Worcester in 2015 as a
fully-qualified sports therapist.
After spending the 2014/15 season on placement with Shrewsbury during
his University years, he worked under Club physio Chris Skitt to learn
what it takes to be a part of the medical team within a football club.
Local to Shrewsbury, Richard was taken on full-time as the newest and
youngest addition to the medical staff at the age of 21.
Richard is a friendly, likeable personality within the Club who was quickly
warmed to by the players and coaching staff.
Assistant Physiotherapist- Aaron Lambley
Lead Performance Analyst - Michael Vernon
Originally from Bury, Vern studied Sports Coaching at UCLAN
achieving a 2:1.
Whilst studying for his degree he undertook work experience as a
Performance Analyst at his hometown club and at Blackpool FC,
where he met former Town Chief Executive Matt Williams.
After completing his degree he moved onto Burnley FC, where
he worked with both their under 21s and the first team.
Michael joined Shrewsbury in 2014 to join Micky Mellon's new look
Since joining the club he has overseen a transition towards
improved analysis and statistical data.
Recruitment Analyst- Adam Henshall
Henshall first got involved in analysis when he attended
Loughborough University, studying Sports Coaching.
During the final year of his degree he completed an analysis internship
with Leicester City's academy.
After completing his degree he joined Shrewsbury Town, the town he was
brought up in, on an analysis internship, working alongside Michael Vernon.
After working as an intern for 6 months, he began combing his role with
work in the community.
He has since gone onto devote all his time and effort into recruitment
and works closely with the management staff on player signings.
Kit Man - Dave Ashlin
Having supported Shrewsbury Town since 1965, Dave was handed
the chance to join his home town Club's staff when was appointed
kitman in July 2010.
He previously worked for Severn Trent for 34 years.
Dave has been a regular face on the local cricket scene for more than
40 years having played for Shrewsbury, MEB, Whittington and currently
Reman Services for whom he remains a regular wicket taker.
Assistant Kit Man - Darryl Strong