League Two side Grimsby Town have parted company with manager Russell Slade. The former Yeovil Town boss has been dismissed after a run of results that saw them fail to win in twelve matches, including yesterday's 3-0 defeat against Crawley Town, with a similar result having been recorded against the Glovers ten days previously.
The Mariners lie currently one place above Yeovil Town, in 17th place in the table, nine points from relegation but sixteen points off the play-offs. Until the turn of the year they had looked like a side that might nudge the last place or two on the play-off positions, but their main issue has been their scoring record, with only one netted in their last four matches, and with top goalscorer Sam Jones having been sold to Shrewsbury Town on the final day of the transfer window. A statement from the Grimsby board says that the decision to part company was entirely results driven:
"The Board of Directors would like to place on record their disappointment with this outcome, but believe there is little choice but to move forward with a new management team. The Board acknowledge that the team have been extremely unlucky in recent weeks, but football is a game of fine margins and a results driven business. As highlighted in recent weeks, this is not a decision we have taken lightly. While the Board continued to back Russell throughout the season and the recent transfer window, yesterday's 3-0 defeat and a winless run of 12 games cannot be ignored. Despite speculation to the contrary, Russell was on a six month rolling contract, allowing the club the flexibility to make this decision."
Grimsby have named Paul Wilkinson as Caretaker manager, although make clear they are searching for a permanent appointment. He will use Dave Moore and Andy Warrington as his assistants. They thanked Slade for his time at the club and expressed disappointment at the decision they felt they had to make:
"We now believe moving forward with a new manager will help ensure the club’s consolidation in the Football League for the remainder of this season. The Board would like to thank Russell for his efforts and hard work and are bitterly disappointed that this did not turn out differently. He had a strong working relationship with the Board and all involved are disappointed to see a good, hardworking and honest man, who cared intensely about the club, lose his job. We wish Russell all the best for the future and thank him for some of the improvements he has implemented on and off the field."
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