‘Terrible decision,’ ‘Is this a joke ??’ – These Grimsby fans react as Jolley spell comes to an end

Grimsby Town have parted company with manager Michael Jolley after a winless run of seven games.

The forty-two-year-old was appointed manager by the Mariners in March 2018 with the club in relegation trouble. He was able to lead them to safety before securing a seventeenth place finish last season. He leaves Blundell Park with the club eighteenth in League Two, six points above bottom-placed Morecambe.

The young coach arrived in Lincolnshire having worked in investment banking before taking on football coaching roles with clubs including Crystal Palace, Nottingham Forest, Crewe Alexandra and Burnley.


He was appointed the manager of Swedish top-flight side Eskilstuna in June 2017, with the club winless and bottom of the table, but he left after failing to keep them up.

Jolley was popular with many Grimsby fans. He bought into community engagement and moved his family to the area. He also lifted expectations in the summer with some astute moves in the transfer market. However, the Mariners failed to kick on this season, and Jolley is now the third League Two manager to lose his job in three days after Carlisle United sacked Steven Pressley on Wednesday and Leyton Orient parted with Carl Fletcher on Thursday.

Mariners soon took to social media to react to the news and Jolley’s popularity amongst the fanbase is clearly apparent, with plenty of fans questioning the board’s decision.

Many feel the club will go nowhere while a revolving door remains in the manager’s office. Nonetheless, some did feel the time was right with the team not progressing although much of the reaction was positive towards their departing boss.

Some even speculated that there was more to the decision than poor results, suggesting a behind the scenes fall out with controversial owner John Fenty.

Here is a selection of responses to the news on Twitter.







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