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Grimsby Town announce managerial departure after 12 games without a win



Sky Bet League Two outfit Grimsby Town have this afternoon parted company with first-team manager Russell Slade, according to a short statement on the club’s official website.

The Mariners haven’t won a game in League Two since a 1-0 win over Forest Green Rovers on December 9th and the club’s board of directors have acted swiftly to make a change.

In the statement it says that the club does appreciate that Slade’s side has been unlucky in recent weeks and claims they are disappointed to have to take this action.

For Slade, it is the fourth time in 20 months he has found himself sacked by a football club and it now remains to be seen whether he will get another crack of management in the Football League given this horrendous spell with the Mariners.

For now, Paul Wilkinson will take charge of first-team affairs until a new manager is appointed and his immediate objective is to prepare the team for Saturday’s trip to Cambridge United.

The Verdict

On paper Russell Slade looked like an astute appointment when he arrived at The Mariners, but for what ever reason things haven’t worked out for him with the Cleethorpes-based club.

Sadly for the veteran boss, football is a results based business and no wins in 12 simply won’t do for a club that has ambitions to be battling it out at the top end of League Two.

It seems unlikely that Slade will work in the Football League again given his atrocious 20 months in management at four different clubs, whilst Grimsby must ensure that they get the next managerial appointment spot on.

Grimsby fans, what do you make to this news? Let us know in the comments below!!!