Grimsby Town interim manager Anthony Limbrick has suggested that he would be interested in becoming the club’s new permanent manager following the departure of Michael Jolley.
Jolley left Grimsby by mutual consent on Friday following his side’s seven match winless run, with the 42-year-old’s heated rant with the media following his side’s 4-0 defeat at home to Leyton Orient in October reportedly a influencing factor in the club’s decision to part company with him.
Limbrick, who was Jolley’s assistant manager, has taken over as the club’s interim manager ahead of Grimsby’s FA Cup clash with League Two rivals Newport County – and he will be hoping to get the Mariners back to winning ways to get his time in charge at Blundell Park off to a positive start.
Speaking to the media in his first press conference after being appointed as the club’s interim manager, Limbrick suggested that he would be interested in the job on a permanent basis but for now he is focusing on Grimsby’s next few matches, saying: “I’m really concentrating on what we are doing at the moment. I think that’s key and you can look too far ahead. It’s an interesting job and it’s a big job, with a great fan-base and the players are good. I think the squad is good.
“Is it something that interests me? Of course it could be. But at the moment I really am – and I know that it’s a cliché – concentrating on the job at hand. We have got a couple of games coming up really quickly. We have a big FA Cup game against Newport, so that’s my focus at the moment.”
Given Grimsby’s poor recent form and the upheaval of Jolley’s departure, Limbrick is right to suggest that his main focus needs to be on getting his players back into form and picking up wins again on a regular basis, after a seven match winless run.
If Limbrick manages to impress during the next few weeks, then there is every chance that he will be considered for the job on a permanent basis, making it even more important that he concentrates on ensuring he helps Grimsby get back to winning ways starting with the FA Cup tie with Newport.
The departure of Jolley came as a surprise to most of Grimsby’s supporters, but they will now need to unite behind Limbrick and try and help their side produce more consistent performances over the next few weeks, which could be vital in ensuring they do not get dragged into a relegation fight.