Grimsby Town manager Ian Holloway has sensationally revealed via Twitter that is to leave his Blundell Park post.
Holloway’s resignation comes on the back of a lengthy statement to Mariners’ fans on his Twitter account late last week, detailing his frustration at events off-the-field, centering on the proposed investment of convicted fraudster Alex May and the potential change in ownership to a consortium led by philanthropist Tom Shutes.
It is understood that Holloway’s biggest concern is any change in ownership. The former Blackpool boss has gone on record before to state his enthusiasm at working alongside John Fenty and the current Grimsby Town Board and it is believed that Holloway does not share the same eagerness to work with the Shutes’ consortium.
Despite taking charge of the Mariners in Tuesday’s game against Bradford City and having the potential signing of former Norwich City winger Pierre Fonkeu almost over the line, Holloway is still adamant that he will leave the Blundell Park less than 12 months after joining Town.
The ex-QPR favourite was appointed Grimsby boss on New Year’s Eve last year, amidst much fanfare, and soon endeared himself to the Town faithful with his infamous quips and presence in the community.
And results on the pitch picked up too – excellent away wins at Colchester and Mansfield, were matched by pulsating home victories over Morecambe, Stevenage and Newport. Town were playing with a freedom and belief that had many fans optimistic about the future.
Holloway’s new signings caught the eye as well – Burnley loan duo Josh Benson and Anthony Driscoll-Glennon particularly looking a step above the rest of League Two.
A 2-0 away win at local rivals Scunthorpe had the Mariners’ fans buoyant but the onset of the COVID-19 outbreak meant that the season was halted and that momentum was ultimately lost. Holloway saw key players Charles Vernam and Billy Clarke depart for better deals elsewhere and he was forced to release other members of the starting XI like Jake Hessenthaler, just to balance the books with the vast majority of income streams on hold.
Town’s preparation for the 2020/21 season was haphazard, to say the least, and Holloway was left to scramble around for signings just three weeks prior to the Mariners’ opening game of the season in the EFL Cup against Morecambe.
The side’s form has been patchy to say the least and, despite a morale-boosting victory over Scunthorpe at the weekend, the Mariners still remained in the Football League’s bottom five.