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Barrow sack their manager after just seven games in charge

Barrow have chosen to bizarrely sack their manager Michael Jolley after just seven games in charge, leaving confusion on social media.

The former Grimsby Town manager was only appointed by the Bluebirds on the 23rd of December after they had parted company with David Dunn.

Having first taken charge for the 1-1 draw with Tranmere Rovers six days later, Jolley would only oversee seven matches due to a number of postponements.

He won just one of his games in charge – a 1-0 win over Scunthorpe United – while losing five, including Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Morecambe in what turned out to be his final game in charge.

The club currently sit in the relegation zone, 23rd with 23 points, but one point and two games in hand over 22nd place Southend in the League Two table.


Barrow AFC have today parted company with Manager Michael Jolley.

“It has become apparent even in such a short space of time that unfortunately the Board and Michael have differing visions for how the team should play, which has led to this change being made,” said Chairman Paul Hornby.

“We believe that it’s best to recognise this now and make the change early so that the team can concentrate on the remaining games of the season. We’d like to thank Michael for all of his hard work and wish him well in his future career.

“Rob Kelly has been appointed as Caretaker Manager with immediate effect and will lead the team until the end of the season. Rob has had a successful, albeit brief, spell in charge of the team earlier in the season and is aligned to our philosophies and culture.

“This has not been an easy decision to make. However, the Board feel that it’s the right decision and one that gives us the best possible chance of remaining in League Two, which is the ultimate aim of everybody associated with Barrow AFC.”

The Club will be making no further comment at this time in order that the team can focus on Tuesday night’s visit to Oldham Athletic.


Fans reacted as Barrow bizarrely sack their manager after just seven games in charge…

@BullyBundy22: Can we have a manager who has actually played the game this time? Two very, VERY, bad appointments since Evatt

@timwilkins1987: Didn’t David Dunn play premiership??

@JamieRiseley: Get Ian Hollaway in

@MikeyMcMahon: As a GTFC fan I reaaaaaally hope you do. Definite relegation

@FairhurstCarl: What is going on 🤯 The club is becoming a laughing stock now. Surely in his interview he would of stated his philosophy and how he wanted to play?? Or did he just say what the board wanted to hear in order to get a job?

@dudeville: “Unfortunately the Board and Michael have differing visions for how the team should play” Surely Michael’s “vision” was discussed during his interview for the job? Board are amateurs, totally clueless!!

@Cam_BAFC95: Well thats us nailed for certain…..

@oddy7275: If his departure keeps us up then great. Like I said yesterday, seeing him on the touch line with his hands in his pockets showing not one bit of emotion or passion to how the team were playing. Right decision and still time to get barrow out of that relegation zone .

@AndrewI27536311: Need someone with fire and passion and the want to win, someone that will give the players a kick up the arse. Someone that will have a better relationship with the fans and community like Evatt did.

@mcmillan_liam: Looks like Mike’s off on his Jolleys

@burner03: Jesus christ. Correct decision but what a mess. Pray for the right man this time.

@PaulMartinPM: Need someone who can pick the players up, organise a defence & get the players back to doing the basics right first and foremost, then go forward from there. Hopefully fans back soon will help too.

@Joshuantfc: Keith curle will keep you up lads!

@DomSG: Well that was short lived!

@FazOnTour: Mental. So he’s given a transfer window, signs a load of new players and then he’s sacked. I get that we’ve been truly awful but this decision making is ludicrous.

@1865_H: I’m seem to recall at the time saying this wasn’t a good idea

@CM_BRTT: Lost the fans and by looks of it when he was making changes yesterday. The players. Right decision if we wanna stay up

@StarWarsNerd73: Feels like a knee jerk reaction, but from his small spell in charge I was happy to keep Kelly on to the end of the season then. I’m definitely happy now. Lets get back to the attractive football we all know and love!!

@GYMarty: Wow he didn’t last long….Ian Holloway is an experienced guy

@paulknight1976: Bloody hell you dont get long at Barrow

@KyleDixon30: He wasn’t there long

@riegaan: Hahahaha laughing stock

@JoeStephenson96: Incredibly bold decision. I think it’s the correct one too, if it’s clear it’s not working out why not just do it now instead of pissing about trying t make it work

@NichollsGeorge: Christ what a mess

@mathewclarke: Hiring a new manager, letting him sign about 10 new players, and then sacking him is a good way to get relegated

@PicardyBreezer: Ouch. Didn’t he only get the job in December?

@LiamNUFC98: Whoever you appoint I hope you stay up instead of Southend United

@rossco_1990: Embarrassing. Promoted and sacked 2 managers by Feb.

@bca_gtfc: How many times did he swear this time?

@alexgibson94: Ffs @michaeljolley07 was gonna keep us up again #gtfc

@bwfc_joe: Wow. 2 down since the departure of Ian Evatt

@_SamBarker_: Can afford to pay off two managers but also have players on furlough…

@DerekWa51216247: Don’t deserve to be in the league, sacking managers after a few months fucking tinpot

@awayonsaturday1: Short, sweet and definitely not ‘jolly’ for Jolley! The ‘board have differing visions on how the team should play’ bit jumps out by a country mile in that statement. Are the directors trying to dictate team selections…

@LesLk52: This is a board who are not hanging around , poor results and goodbye !!

@Tom1Walker0: What do a club like Barrow expect? For him to go into a job halfway through the season and climb into the playoffs? Joke.

@cufcdanny: Reading that statement is actually laughable! “His vision wasn’t the same as the board.” Well who on earth interviewed him & employed him. Either he said something completely different in the interview or he was the cheap option that the board choose! #BarrowAFC

@connor_bcfc94: I’m sure he’s only just arrived. Looked a good appointment on the surface of it all. Big job for whoever comes in now.

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