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Grimsby Town confirm sacking of their manager after fourth consecutive League Two defeat

Grimsby Town confirm the sacking of their manager Paul Hurst less than an hour after their fourth consecutive League Two defeat.

The Mariners have now gone five games without a league win, with their last three points coming on the 3rd of October. It was a home game against Barrow that saw them earn a point since.

A 1-0 loss away to Doncaster this Saturday leaves them 21st in the fourth tier standings, sitting four points above Tranmere Rovers and Sutton United who occupy the bottom two places.

Grimsby get set for life without a permanent manager, when they play away to National League South side Slough Town in the first round of the FA Cup on Sunday the 5th of November, and then it’s Morecambe in the league after that.


Manager Paul Hurst and Assistant Manager Chris Doig have left their roles at Grimsby Town Football Club.

Jason Stockwood, GTFC’s Chair, stated, “It is with sadness and disappointment that we’ve reached this point.

“Since May 2021, we’ve had a positive relationship with Paul and Chris.

“We’re proud of our achievements under their leadership: our promotion from the National League, the historic FA Cup run, and attaining our highest league position in 17 years.

“However, it’s time to embark on the next phase of the club’s development.”

“We’re grateful for their hard work and wish them future success.

“They are an indelible part of our history and will always be welcome at Blundell Park.”

Further details and comments will follow in the upcoming days.


The game itself saw a Joe Ironside penalty being the difference as Doncaster triumphed 1-0 in a tight contest against Grimsby.

Ironside made no mistake on the 72 minutes netting from the spot, after substitute Kyle Hurst had been brought down by Gavan Holohan.

There had been little to talk about in truth with both struggling for sustained possession and shots at goal minimal.

Twitter users reacted as Grimsby Town confirm the sacking of their manager after a fourth consecutive League Two defeat…

@RobertDeFreita7: Hard to describe how gutted I am. Absolutely distraught. Doesn’t change the fact that it was the right decision though. Thanks Paul Hurst and Chris Doig, for everything. UTM #GTFC

@samkinnaird: Odd to do it right after game, seems at odds with the philosophy. Right decision in the circumstances, but Hurst goes down as one of our greatest managers #GTFC

@RBartlettSport: Sad it ended this way but it’s the right decision. Thanks for the memories, Paul! #GTFC

@TobiasLea: Nothing but love for Paul Hurst from afar (Norway). Gave me some of my best memories, teams with proper effort and spirit I reckon. It’s good timing though. It’s just not working, the urgency lacks in so many ways. Lots of players are prone to mistakes too, to be fair. UTM #Gtfc

@james_kirk02: Thanks for the memories hursty. Shame it’s ended like this tbh. #UTM #GTFC

@lifesprettytuff: Thank you for everything, Paul and Chris the memories will last a lifetime. Sad how it ended but ultimately it was the right choice, onto bigger and better things utm x #gtfc

@yourdcsnotts: Sad to hear that @officialgtfc have sacked Paul Hurst. Hope all players can look in mirror & say I put shifts in for him & Town. Just before we get into we need a striker… look at the last 6 games: middle of pack for Goals only Colchester conceded more! #gtfc #UTM

@ConnorSwales69: Thank you Paul for incredible memories. I’ve seen town do things under your management that I’d never thought I’d ever see. Will always have those Promotions and last years Cup run. Im sure you’ll always be welcome back at the club, A genuine, honest, Hard working man. Thank you

@VO1DJOK3R: sad the the way it’s ended with hurst, especially today, but he’s provided us with so many good times for the clubs and fans and if people like it or not he’s a legend of the club, however it was definitely was time for a change and I’m looking forward to new things! #gtfc

@mcgparker: A proper statement as well. Giving the respect and recognition Paul and Chris deserve for everything they have delivered to the club. Everyone should absolutely be wishing them the best and keeping tabs on their future roles

@SactownMariner: Sad day for the club. Thanks for everything Paul

@KyleTalbot7: Thank you for giving us our best memories as a town fan in life so far and getting us back into league football, won’t ever be forgotten! Best wishes both

@Grimsby1878: Last 8 games haven’t been how we’ve known this club to be run under both Hurst and Doig. 2 spells, 2 promotions, 1000s of memories and of course *that* promotion run where we didn’t know how to lose. Thank you, it’s sad it’s ended this way but it had to happen

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