The 2016/17 season marked Grimsby Town’s return to the Football League after their relegation to the conference in 2010.
Under Paul Hurst hopes were high of making a real success of their first season back as one of the top 72 teams in the country and things got off to a decent start.
But after seven wins in their opening 14 games, Hurst was poached by League One Shrewsbury Town and the club brought in Marcus Bignot.
Bignot kept them in the division, but the club had ambitions of reaching greater heights and let him go in April.
With just two games left of the season, the club brought in their third manager of the season.
This is FLW Rewind where we take a look back at a big decision made by a club, analyse the initial reaction and document what happened next.
— Grimsby Town FC (@officialgtfc) April 12, 2017
The person they turned to was former Leyton Orient and Cardiff City manager Russell Slade.
But Slade’s magic had wained significantly since he took Orient to the cusp of the Championship in the 2013/14 season, and the Grimsby faithful were no more optimistic:
Hope here are plenty of teams in the market for our midfielders as we won't be needing them.
— Dave Holmes (@Holmsey55) April 12, 2017
Poor appointment must be some young manager out there the man never done a thing in the game.
— Paul Basnett (@paulbasnett10) April 12, 2017
— Jane Carole Williams (@JaneCaroleJohn7) April 12, 2017
It was to prove a frustrating time for Grimsby Town and Slade during his reign.
He won four of the first eight games of the 2017/18 season but lost the other half.
But the club were not in a bad position at all, and the good run of form continued up until the new year with the Mariners in a comfortable position.
Things quickly began to unravel in the new year, however, and six losses from their first eight games of 2018 and no wins led to the trigger being pulled on Slade with the club hurtling towards relegation.
Michael Jolley was brought in to rescue the quickly failing season and did so steering them comfortably clear of trouble.
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