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A Third League Two Manager With Newcastle Loanee Gets Sacked


Grimsby Town have announced that they have parted ways with manager Michael Jolley after a string of poor results.

Newcastle left-back Liam Gibson is on loan at Grimsby Town until January. He had enjoyed a nice run of games under Jolley after suffering a preseason injury that forced him to miss all of August. Since his return, he has made 7 league starts for the Mariners.

This is the statement from Grimbsy Town in full:

Grimsby Town Football Club can confirm that following a recent run of poor results, it has parted company with Manager Michael Jolley by mutual consent.

Anthony Limbrick and Dave Moore will be placed in charge as interim manager and assistant manager respectively, starting with our all-important Emirates FA Cup First Round Replay tie away at Newport County on Wednesday 20th November.

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.

No further comment will be made at this time.

Gibson is now the third Newcastle lad to have their manager sacked while out on loan. Stevenage sacked Dino Maamria on September 9th after he failed to get a win in his first 9 matches in all competitions. Stevenage still has caretaker manager Mark Sampson in place.

The change in manager did not affect Watts’ place in the team as he has featured heavily under both managers. Though under Sampson, Watts has moved to the midfield away from his more natural center-back position.

Just last week, Elias Sorensen’s manager at Carlisle, Steven Pressley, was relieved of his duties. Elias has not fared as well at Carlisle as both Liam and Kelland have at their clubs. The 20-year-old has played only 153 minutes in the league while on loan with no goals.

He also had 3 starts in the Leasing.com Trophy, which Carlisle was eliminated from last week. Carlisle have appointed assistant manager Gavin Skelton to take the helm until a new manager is named.

It remains to be seen how the recent firings will affect both Liam Gibson and Elias Sorensen. We hope Liam can maintain his place in the team while Elias can be finally given a chance on the pitch. Carlisle travel to face Port Vale this afternoon while Grimsby Town and Stevenage have both had their matches postponed.


1 comment so far

  • lesh

    Nov 16, 2019 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #1

    It’s unfortunate that Liam Gibson’s seen three managers sacked at his host clubs. It can’t help what should have been positive, developmental experiences.

    But, it begs a question of our so-called Loans Co-ordinator – does he know what he’s supposed to be doing within the player development section of the club? Part of his role should surely be keeping a weather-eye on host clubs so that young loanee are shielded from negative experiences.

    Let’s be kind to Shola and suggest that he’s got nobody to guide him. Even if that is the case, why didn’t Ashley reward him with a job in SD and appoint someone who knows what he/she’s doing to the Loan Co-ordinator role? Answer: he wouldn’t have a place-man in the camp!

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