Grimsby Town Manager Pokes Fun At Local Rivals

Grimsby Town manager Ian Holloway has never shied away from a funny or controversial comment and despite only being in charge of the Mariners for a short while, he’s already making himself unpopular just up the M180.

As reported by the Grimsby Telegraph, the former Blackpool manager has been talking about the current lockdown, claiming it’s like preparing for a pantomime that isn’t going to happen, but he made sure he saved a little dig for Scunthorpe United, the side his Mariners’ outfit beat 2-0 in their last outing.

“It’s turned into Groundhog Day – every day seems the same because you are not leading up to anything,” Holloway said. “In our lives, you are leading up to a performance. From Saturday to Saturday you are getting ready to perform, and without the performance, there isn’t a lot left.

“Imagine you are the lead in a pantomime. Say you are Robin Hood and you have got to perform. That’s been taken away from you, so you’re not really Robin Hood are you?”

After a typical Holloway response to the question, he stuck the boot in on struggling Scunthorpe, who were relegated out of League One last season.

“One good thing is that you are as only as good as your last game. We beat our local rivals 2-0 and, in my mind, we are unbeaten for God knows how long.

“I’m glad I’m not them because they have got that in their memory from their last performance.”

Charles Vernam and Luke Waterfall gave Grimsby a 2-0 win at Glanford Park in their last encounter, whilst striker Kevin Van Veen was sent off for the hosts. It left Grimsby 13th on 47 points, 11 outside of the top seven. Meanwhile, rivals Scunthorpe languish in 20th with 40 points.

Our View

Holloway is great value for a comment, he’s been excellent on the Quest TV coverage and it is great he’s back in the game.

His comments will be lighthearted and come in contrast to his views on Grimsby’s other local rivals, Lincoln City. He revealed it was a three-day stay in the cathedral city that helped convince him to take the Grimsby job, despite the two being county rivals. 

That won’t bother Mariners’ fans who have finally seen a way forward after challenging times in recent years. 

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