Boston United boss Craig Elliott surprise name in the frame for Grimsby Town post

by Jack Kitson / 13 February 2018, 14:05

Grimsby Town are on the hunt for their fourth manager in just over a year following Sunday’s sacking of Russell Slade.

The club’s board have revealed that they’ve already received a ‘mountain of applications’ which they are currently attempting to sift down to form a shortlist of major contenders.

Robbie Stockdale, John Askey, Phil Brown and Paul Wilkinson emerged as the early frontrunners for the League Two vacancy, but this quartet have now made way for Boston United boss Craig Elliott, who at the time of writing is the odds-on favourite for the job.

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The 38-year-old is currently enjoying a nine game unbeaten run with the National League North side, during which the club have accumulated 23 points, scoring 13 goals in their last four matches alone.

The transformation in form has propelled the previously struggling club from 21st up to 11th in the table - within seven points of the top-7, while they are now eight points clear of the drop zone.

Elliott previously enjoyed success at fellow non-league clubs Ossett Town, Glasshoughton Welfare, Kellingley, and Shaw Lane where he won three promotions in four years, while earlier this season he led the club into the FA Cup first round for the first time in their history.

Elliott has only been managing Boston for three months, but his instant impact looks to have caught the eye of Grimsby chiefs, and should he be offered the chance to become a Football League manager he’ll no doubt find it difficult to turn down.

The now former Mariners boss Slade was sent packing over the weekend after a 3-0 battering to Crawley Town, as he became the latest gaffer to suffer the axe after receiving the dreaded vote of confidence - the decision to hand Slade his P45 came just 10 days after the club had publicly backed the boss.

Grimsby, 17th, will look to end their torrid 12 game winless on Saturday away to managerless Cambridge.

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