Ian Holloway RESIGNS as Grimsby Town manager

Ian Holloway resigns as Grimsby Town manager on TWITTER, claiming he cannot work with potential new owners just a year after taking charge of the League Two strugglers

  • Ian Holloway wrote an open letter to Grimsby Town fans via his Twitter account
  • He claimed that he and the potential new owners got off on ‘the wrong footing’
  • Grimsby are in 20th place in League Two following Tuesday defeat by Bradford

Ian Holloway has announced his resignation as Grimsby Town manager after penning an open letter to supporters on Twitter.

The 57-year-old had only been in charge at Blundell Park since the end of 2019 but an early disagreement with potential new owners has played a major factor in his exit.

He leaves the club 20th in League Two as they look to avoid the prospect of a relegation battle following their 2-1 defeat by Bradford City on Tuesday. 

Ian Holloway announced his shock resignation as Grimsby Town manager on Twitter

Following the defeat, Holloway announced his resignation on social media on Wednesday morning.

‘To all the fans, it is with a heavy heart that I am announcing my resignation as manager of Grimsby Town Football Club,’ he wrote.

‘New wannabe owners are hovering over GTFC and John has told me he is selling his stake in the club. So it’s time for a fresh start across the board for this great club.

‘As I said recently, I intend to be fully honest with you, the supporters.

Holloway wrote an open letter to supporters to confirm his departure on Wednesday morning

‘Contact was made by the new owners to me on several occasions before the takeover, which I felt was inappropriate, and told them as such. This is the key factor in my decision.

‘Why? The relationship between the incoming new owners, board and manager is so so important. It needs to be strong for a club to succeed, and we got off on the wrong footing.

‘Therefore, that relationship will be strained from the off, which is bad for the club.

‘This is a club that, if everybody has its best interests at heart, can progress onwards and upwards. That is their challenge. That is their honour.

The news comes just hours after a 2-1 defeat by Bradford City at Blundell Park which leaves the Mariners (right) in 20th place in League Two and six points clear of the relegation zone

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‘I sincerely wish them all the best going forward and I implore them to communicate regularly and openly with the fans.

‘For a myriad of reasons, on and off the pitch, it feels like we didn’t get a fair crack together, and I take me share of the blame too. I hoped for this to be a long, serious relationship but it hasn’t worked out that way, and that saddens me.

‘I wish you every bit of success. The fans deserve it. God bless.’

Grimsby released a statement on their website shortly after Holloway’s shock departure, reflecting on a ‘difficult year.’

It read: ‘It is with great sadness and disappointment that Ian Holloway has made his intentions absolutely clear that with John Fenty agreeing to sell his shares, he does not want to remain at the club without progressing with the people that he came here to work with. 

Holloway remonstrates with the referee during his final match in charge of the club

‘The board and Ollie had a joint vision, first to improve the league position, secondly to deliver top class training facilities and finally by relocation to a new community stadium.

‘It has been a difficult year for obvious reasons which invariably affected all clubs, some worse than others.

‘The club, albeit prematurely, will prepare to move on to a new chapter and would like to put on record its thanks to Ian and Kim for committing themselves to our vision and wish them both all the very best for the future.’

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