Things no longer Jolley for Michael at Grimsby

Grimsby Town
Grimsby ended their first League Two season under Michael Jolley with a routine 2-0 victory against mid-table Crewe.

Grimsby have parted ways with manager Michael Jolley, as the club bid to arrest their slide towards a League Two relegation fight.

Former Burnley youth team coach Jolley was a surprise appointment to succeed Russell Slade as Grimsby boss in March 2018, but he was able to preserve the Mariners’ Football League status that season before guiding them to a respectable 17th-place finish last term.

Jolley was then able to bring in players with plenty of League Two pedigree this summer, with forwards James Hanson and Matt Green as well as midfielder Luke Waterfall all arriving at Blundell Park.

That appeared to raise expectation levels amongst Grimsby supporters that they could mount a challenge towards the top end of the division this term and the campaign certainly started in a positive fashion, as they lost only one of their opening six games, recording wins over Morecambe, Port Vale and Walsall.

Indeed, back-to-back successes against Macclesfield and Exeter at the end of September kept Grimsby in the play-off picture, but the wheels have come off since then, as they have collected just one point from their subsequent four games, a run that includes a 4-0 home defeat at the hands of Leyton Orient.

That has seen Grimsby slide down 18th in the standings, just six points off the bottom of the table, although their position could be considered a false one, as they have at least one game in hand on all the sides around them in the division.

However, the hierarchy at Blundell Park have now decided to act before things begin to unravel further, with Jolley being relieved of his duties and Anthony Limbrick and Dave Moore being placed in temporary charge.

Grimsby do not have a match this weekend, with their next game coming on Wednesday when they visit Newport for their FA Cup first-round replay.

It is too early to say who will ultimately succeed Jolley at Blundell Park, although there are a number of high-profile options currently out of work, with the likes of Neil Redfearn, Kevin Nolan and Paul Heckingbottom all potentially set to come into the reckoning.

Whoever does end up taking over the reins at Grimsby will be hoping to hit the ground running, as if things do no start to improve soon then they could find themselves embroiled in a relegation battle.

Following their cup clash with Newport, the Mariners face league matches away to Northampton and at home to Swindon before they travel to Brunton Park to take on another of League Two’s managerless clubs, Carlisle, next month.