In a shock move to fans of the Mariners, Grimsby Town manager Michael Jolley is set to leave his post at Blundell Park.
A string of poor results and performances, which has seen the Mariners plummet from around the play-off picture to near the foot of League Two has prompted the move, but things have also been unravelling behind the scenes for the former AFC Eskikstuna boss.
Things started to turn at half-time of the 4-0 home defeat to Leyton Orient on Saturday 19 October.
One of our team was on hand when a fan confronted Jolley at the half-time whistle, questioning why 17-year-old Mattie Pollock, who had impressed the Blundell Park faithful with his performances so far this season, was deemed only good enough for a place on the bench for the game against Orient.
Jolley reacted angrily to the encounter, and was last seen being pulled down the Blundell Park tunnel by his assistant, Anthony Limbrick.
That afternoon’s controversy didn’t end there though. After the 4-0 defeat, local press contacts have reported that a visibly irate Jolley stormed into his post-match press conference and embarked on an expletive-fuelled tirade, bemoaning the club’s playing budget, as well as the level of questioning he was receiving from the press.
The public nature of this outburst meant that the Mariners’ Board were soon made aware of proceedings.
This, coupled with a downturn in the club’s fortunes since an excellent start to the season has prompted change at Blundell Park.