Next Grimsby Town Manager: Anthony Limbrick, Paul Tisdale and Paul Heckingbottom all feature

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 15 November 2019, 14:14

History tells us that November can be a treacherous and precarious time to be a football manager, and that’s once again proven to be the case as Michael Jolley becomes the sixth Football League manager to lose his job this month, and third in the last three days.

Grimsby Town’s decision to part ways with Jolley has taken many supporters by surprise given that it wasn’t so long ago that the club were pushing for the League Two play-offs, with Jolley nominated for September’s Manager of the Month. Meanwhile, the Mariners haven’t even played a league game since 22nd October. 

“The club would like to place on record its thanks to Michael for his hard work and efforts since joining the club during a difficult period in March 2018 and would like to wish him all the best for the future,” Grimsby revealed in a statement.

The club also stated that former Woking Town boss Anthony Limbrick has been upgraded from his assistant manager’s position to interim boss while they search for a full-time replacement for Jolley.

It’s early days of course, but here are a cluster of the early contenders in the next Grimsby Town manager market...

Anthony Limbrick

Caretaker Limbrick has been installed as the early favourite in the betting.

He’ll get a chance to prove himself on Wednesday when Grimsby clash with Newport in an FA Cup first-round replay, while he could also be at the helm for the club’s next league clash against Northampton next weekend. So if he gets a couple of positive results under his belt, then who knows? He could be trusted on a full-time basis.

Limbrick previously spent time coaching Southampton’s youth teams while his only senior managerial role was at Woking with whom he oversaw for 11 months - he lost his job shortly before the end of the 2017/18 National League campaign following a nine-game winless run, with the club relegated shortly after.

Robbie Stockdale

At the end of his playing career Robbie Stockdale spent four years at Grimsby Town, where he juggled his on-pitch duties with a role as youth team manager, and even took charge of four senior games - alongside Dave Moore - in 2011 when the club were left managerless (W2 D1 L1).

Stockdale has since occupied the position of youth team, U21, and assistant manager at Sunderland, enjoying notable success with the U21s. He later became first-team coach, and on three separate occasions was employed as caretaker manager at the trigger-happy club.

More recently, he was assistant to Paul Heckingbottom at Hibernian, however he’s currently looking for a route back into the game.

Paul Tisdale

As we alluded to on Thursday in the contenders for the Leyton Orient job, Paul Tisdale would be a coup for any team in League Two, given his experience and success in the division with Exeter and MK Dons.

Tisdale is currently out-of-work, although he may be using this time to rest up and enjoy himself having previously spent 18 successive years in management, with Team Bath and the aforementioned duo of Exeter and MK Dons.

However, if an opportunity came calling, he’d no doubt consider it.

Paul Heckingbottom

Another manager who could be looking for a quick return to management is Paul Heckingbottom who, as stated in the Robbie Stockdale section above, has been left managerless following his Hibernian departure earlier this month.

Prior to his spell in Scotland, Heckingbottom led Barnsley to the Championship and Football League Trophy glory, before his short-lived stint at Leeds.

May need persuading to drop down into the fourth-tier.

Russell Slade

Rarely does a vacancy open up at Grimsby without the inevitable mention of Russell Slade.

Now, it’s worth noting that this is firstly, unlikely to happen, and secondly, wouldn’t be a popular choice with many fans. That's putting it lightly.

Slade oversaw 100+ games in his first spell at Grimsby back between 2004 and 2006, while his second-spell was a disappointment with the boss losing his job in February 2018 following a run of 12 league games without a win.

He’s now managing Hereford in the National League North.

Harry Kewell

The Sack Race recently caught up with Harry Kewell to discuss his time at Crawley and Notts County, the latter he left a year ago this week.

“I am looking to get back in - I’ve had a couple of meetings, and it just hasn’t worked out for either side so it’s just waiting for that right opportunity to get back in and start enjoying it again,” Kewell revealed to us.

“For me personally, League Two and League One and also the Conference are fantastic places to learn your trade.”

Kewell was recently seen at an Hibernian game, while he currently features in the newly re-opened next Leyton Orient manager market, and he can now add Grimsby Town to the mix (20/1).

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