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Grimsby Town have parted company with manager Russell Slade following a run of 12 games without a win.
Slade has seen his contract terminated with the Mariners in 17th position in League Two, nine points above Chesterfield in the relegation zone and 16 points adrift of Exeter City in the final play-off position.
It is the second time that the 57-year-old has left office at Blundell Park, albeit first time was of his own accord as he opted for a move to Yeovil Town following a two-year spell in Lincolnshire between 2004-2006.
He failed to register a victory since 9 December – a 1-0 success over 22nd-placed Forest Green Rovers – and saw his side net only four goals since, a spell that has forced chairman John Fenty’s hand.
A statement published on the club’s website stated that “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
It continued, “The Board acknowledge that the team have been extremely unlucky in recent weeks, but football is a game of fine margins and a results driven business.
“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.”
Slade took over a Grimsby side 14th in the table when he took the reigns in the North East in April 2017 – his third team of the season, following periods at Charlton Athletic and Coventry City – yet has seen regression in his ten-month term.
Former Grimsby striker Paul Wilkinson will take caretaker charge for their forthcoming match away at Cambridge United, whilst Dave Moore and Andy Warrington will remain as physiotherapist and goalkeeping coach respectively.