Grimsby Town’s hunt for a new manager took a fresh twist today as Football Insider revealed that former player Danny Butterfield is interested in the job.
Chairman John Fenty has already claimed there have been 50 applicants for the role, vacated by Michael Jolley after an alleged outburst at BBC staff following their 4-0 defeat against Leyton Orient. It’s now emerged that former Mariner Butterfield is keen on the role.
The 39-year-old recently left MK Dons as part of the backroom team that departed with manager Paul Tisdale, but having spent time on Southampton’s coaching staff, he’s keen to become a manager in his own right.
39-year-old Butterfield, who celebrates the big 4-0 this week, was born in Boston and broke through with the Mariners. He spent five years with the club, playing almost 150 times, before a move to Crystal Palace.
He played 269 times for the Eagles, including seven Premier League appearances, and later appeared for Southampton, Carlisle an Exeter City, which is where he first crossed paths with Paul Tisdale.
He’s well thought of in coaching circles and is eager to take his first step into management, with Grimsby being a club close to his heart.
Is John Fenty going to take the risk of appointing a manager new to the Football League? Two of his last three appointments were inexperienced managers in Marcus Bignot and Michael Jolley, but then his experienced man in Russell Slade wasn’t a success either.
Fenty is trying to sell the club and until that’s settled, Grimsby’s manager will always face an uphill battle, whoever it may be.
Butterfield would certainly be worth a shot, but would he benefit from having a Director of Football in the club to help him make the transition. Being a good coach does not mean you’ll be a good manager, just like being a good mechanic doesn’t mean you could race Formula One cars.