It’s been a horrible couple of season’s for Grimsby Town, since being promoted from the National League they’ve stagnated, with this season being no exception.
Michael Jolley was meant to be the saviour, the man who could sweep through the club bringing change. Instead, the Mariners are fourth from bottom and struggling once more.
Jolley is under no illusions as to what he needs from his players going forward. Speaking to local media, he said: : “It’s a challenging period. If you lose four games in a row, as a football manager, nobody needs to tell me what the situation is.”
His side did get positive results against high-flying rivals Lincoln City, as well as MK Dons, but that doesn’t change their current predicament.
“We need to go back to basics. We need to make sure there’s a good shape to our team when we don’t have the ball. We need to clear balls that come into our box and prevent them coming in, and then be more incisive and ruthless in our attacking play – that’s something we know we need to improve on.”
They face a controversial trip to Stevenage this weekend, a game being boycotted by some sections of their support after incidents at last season’s game where female fans were allegedly searched by male stewards.
Grimsby should be doing better, they’re a big club in League Two and have been as high as the second tier in recent memory.
Success is earned though, it doesn’t come on a plate and at the moment, Jolley is not able to impress his philosophy on his players. With an unpredictable and unpopular chairman above him, life could be getting tough for the rookie manager very soon.