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.
Is this a joke ??
— Mike Dunham (@mikedunham1980) November 15, 2019
Terrible decision, someone who bought into the town, moved his family here and gave his all. If we won our two games in hand we’d be 10th in the league, embarrassing decision
— Dan (@Dan_Mariner) November 15, 2019
Outrageous by town, can’t keep chopping and changing the manager. Do we ever not learn from our mistakes?!
— Mr Matt (@Mattpeno) November 15, 2019
Saw this coming a mile off. To be fair a lot of the criticism I've seen was bad but a lot of it was constructive, we haven't gone forwards at all this season even after buying some good players, too many one dimensional performances hoof ball. Tinkering with the team all the time
— Jonathan Oxley (@JonathanOxley25) November 15, 2019
I’m a little surprised especially as by the time we do play again in the league it will be the first EFL game for almost a month! I think Jolley did ok during his time with us but I guess inconstant results were the problem. I do think he’s left a decent squad behind. #UTM
— Paul Coull (@Coullio) November 15, 2019
Got to be more than meets the eye? We’ve not had a league game in god knows how long. Yes, performances and tactics have left us baffled at times but we’re not in a bad position.
— S (@Sjle198) November 15, 2019
What a joke I wouldn't say there was a bad run of results no wonder this club never goes anywhere.Whats happened has his 6 monthly contract up so they dont have to pay compensation. About time we got a new board and stop sacking managers just because a few poor results.
— Andy (@laity64) November 15, 2019
If it was after 0-4 v Orient I would have understood but after no league game in ages it seems a bit weird tbh
— Matt Copley (@Grumpy_GreyHead) November 15, 2019
Absolutely ridiculous decision
— freddie Needham (@FreddieNeedham8) November 15, 2019
— Garry Worrall (@WorrallGarry) November 15, 2019
More to this than down to results , the club holding back the truth from the fans as normal …. guessing he’s going elsewhere or there has been a fall out
— david mathews (@gylittled4) November 15, 2019