Micky Mellon is expected to hold talks with Tranmere Rovers this week about a possible return to Prenton Park.

Speculation has mounted amongst fans this week that the 49-year-old Scot could be in the frame for the job, after Dundee United confirmed his exit from the Scottish Premiership club yesterday.

And now, the Globe understands that Mellon is open to the idea of making an emotional return to Rovers and will hold initial discussions this week.

Fans' favourite Mellon, a hero in Birkenhead after guiding Rovers from non-league football back to League One in consecutive seasons, has also been linked with the managerial hotseat at Ross County, following the departure of John Hughes.

One name on the shortlist who can now be discounted, is former Rovers defender John McGreal.

The ex-Colchester United boss is understood to have been very interested in the vacancy, but he has today signed a two-year deal to become the new boss of Swindon Town.

It is not clear at this stage whether Tranmere's interim manager Ian Dawes will put himself forward for the job.

Meanwhile, the release of Tranmere's end of season retained player list is not yet imminent, the Globe understands.