Grimsby Town have appointed former Burnley under-23 boss Michael Jolley as their new manager on a rolling contract, confirmed by the club website.

Jolley has replaced Russell Slade, who was fired with Town 17th in League Two.

The 40-year-old has been without a job since leaving his role as manager of Swedish side Eskilstuna following their relegation from the top division.

Jolley worked in investment banking before taking on football coaching roles with clubs including Crystal Palace, Nottingham Forest and Crewe.

Grimsby fans may ask why Michael Jolley? Well their chairman, John Fenty has addressed this question on the club website.

The statement says “The board identified Michael as our primary target, following an initial interviewing exercise. It quickly became apparent he was the right man for the Club, the Board, the Fans and the players. We truly believe it is a real coup to persuade Michael to join Grimsby Town Football Club.”

“He spent three years under the tutelage of one of the UK’s finest Managers in Sean Dyche at Burnley as U23 Manager and having involvement in first team matters before significantly turning around the fortunes of AFC Eskilstuna in the Swedish Premier Division. They went from an average of 0.3 points in 12 games to 1.5 points in 8 games through August – beating top sides Malmo and IFK Göteborg on the way.”

“Michael’s exceptional prior academic and business background – firstly, at Cambridge University and latterly as an investment banker with HSBC – also means he is experienced, hard headed and extremely articulate in communicating simple solutions to complex problems in a concise way. A sought-after commodity in the Football world.”

The chairman also added that the new boss is bringing his own philosophy to Grimsby.

“He will bring a modern, cutting-edge approach to match preparation that will take the best bits from his time learning and coaching at clubs like Burnley, Nottingham Forest, Crystal Palace and Crewe Alexandra. His reputation in the game is universally positive. He will also work closely with newly appointed Youth Development Association Head, Dave Roberts to ensure those values and learnings are enshrined throughout the club. We want to see more homegrown players like young Harry Clifton coming through the ranks at Blundell Park.”

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