Plummeting Mariners sack Slade

12 February 2018 06:03:50 EST

Grimsby Town have made the decision to part company with their experienced manager Russell Slade after a recent poor run of form.

The Mariners, 14/1 to be relegated from League Two this season, lost 3-0 at Crawley Town at the weekend and have failed to win any of their last 12 games.

The 57-year-old Slade, who has also managed Scarborough, Yeovil Town, Brighton, Leyton Orient, Cardiff City, Charlton Athletic and Coventry City in the last 17 years, had been in charge at Blundell Park since April 2017 when he succeeded Marcus Bignot.

Paul Wilkinson has been placed in temporary charge of the side while Town search for a new first-team boss.

A statement from the club read: "The Board of Directors would like to place on record their disappointment with this outcome, but believe there is little choice but to move forward with a new management team.

"The Board acknowledge that the team have been extremely unlucky in recent weeks, but football is a game of fine margins and is a results-driven business.

"Russell was on a six-month rolling contract, allowing the club the flexibility to make this decision. We now believe moving forward with a new manager will help ensure the club's consolidation in the Football League for the remainder of this season."

Grimsby are 13/5 to win their next match against Cambridge United on 17th February.

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