Grimsby name Neil Woods as new manager

Paul Smith by Paul Smith / 24 November 2009, 13:16

Grimsby Town have ended their search for a new boss by naming Neil Woods as the new permanent manager at Blundell Park. Woods, who was previously the youth team coach for the Mariners and had been in temporary charge since Mike Newell was sacked last month has been given the task of guiding Grimsby out of the League Two relegation zone.

Woods spent eight years as a player at Blundell park between 1990 and 1998 before returning as part of the club's youth set up in 2003. He took charge of the first team in October following Mike Newell's departure and has failed to record a win in the six games he has been in charge, including an embarrassing FA Cup 1st exit at the hands of Bath City.

The appointment of Woods is likely to be received with mixed response from the Grimsby faithful who at one stage thought they may see the first female manager of a professional football club following strong rumours that head coach of the England women's team, Hope Powell, was linked with the vacancy. However, Woods has been given the job of guiding The Mariners to safety and it doesn't look like he has an easy task on his hands. His status a former player and loyal servant to the club may go some way to giving him time to win the fans around but that may be short lived if results don't improve and they find themselves facing the reality of Non League football come next season.

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