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Adam El-Abd: We have to win the game for Micky Mellon
Egypt international Adam El-Abd has called for an away win at Bradford City that’s dedicated for Micky Mellon who’s no longer the manager of Shrewsbury.
Micky Mellon parted ways with Shrewsbury following a string of mixed results with the most recent one being their 2-0 loss to Scunthorpe United in the Checkatrade trophy. He has been appointed since as the manager of Tranmere Rovers.
Mellon had a great relationship with his players and El-Abd especially as he handed him the captain’s armband since the very start even though he just signed this summer on a free transfer.
“There’s a lot of good characters in there and we’ll be aiming and doing our best to get the win for Micky at Bradford,” said El-Abd.
“It’s to go and win for Micky really.
“Unfortunately it’s a results business and if we don’t perform on the pitch then he has to take the brunt of it for everybody – that’s part and parcel of being a manager.”
El-Abd then talked about how the whole dressing room is feeling following the departure of Mellon saying: “It’s not fair, possibly. The boys are disappointed in the dressing room, but you have to react in the right way now.
“If we don’t then then we’ll get punished, there’s no time for sulking.
“I feel, as the dressing room does, that we’ve let him down really, because we haven’t been able to get the results on the pitch that would’ve helped him.
“I think we owe it to him. Obviously he’s brought a large number of us from that dressing room into the club.”
Goalkeeping coach Danny Coyne will manage Salop in their away trip to Bradford City’s Valley Parade. It’s a tough match as Bradford have been unbeaten until now in League One this season.
El-Abd has commented on Conye taking over saying: “Coyney is going to take the reins, and it’s probably a position he wouldn’t have expected himself to be in; the whole scenario and situation had came as a surprise to everyone.
“Myself and Jim (O’Brien) are there for Coyney if he needs us, to aid him in any way and to try and keep the boys together – that goes without saying.”