Micky Mellon has returned to Tranmere as manager for the second time after leaving the club less than 12 months ago.

Speculation of Mellon’s return had been mounting after the 49-year-old left Dundee United last week after they finished ninth in the Scottish Premiership.

Mellon, who had previously managed Tranmere between 2016 and 2020 guiding them from non-league football back to league one in consecutive seasons, ended his four-year role at Prenton Park last July after the club were relegated from league one on a points-per-game basis.

Now the new first team manager will return on June 1.

Mellon said: “It is great to be back.  

“When I went to Scotland following our demotion from League One, it left a sense of unfinished business and I am pleased to have the opportunity to right that wrong.

“Tranmere is a forward-thinking Club with an exciting future, and I wanted to be part of that, so I can’t wait to get started and be reunited with the SWA once again.”

Ian Dawes will be Micky’s assistant manager and Andy Parkinson will act as first team coach.

Chairman Mark Palios said: “It is great to have Micky back at Prenton Park.  

“We met up over the weekend to discuss matters and both felt it was a great fit for him to return, so we have moved swiftly to ensure that there is plenty of time to build a squad for the new season.  

“In Micky, we have a proven manager who already has a bond with the SWA, having guided us to back-to-back promotions from the National League to League One.  

“I am very confident that with his knowledge and experience, and with Ian Dawes and Andy Parkinson alongside him, we will be making a strong push for promotion next season.”