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1415 burnley michael jolley 01 300x400Russell Slade was sacked as Grimsby manager two and a half weeks ago with thoughts that caretaker boss Paul Wilkinson could be given the chance to stake a claim for the job himself, but two defeats have followed for a team who have not won since early December.

Gary Holt, the former Norwich midfielder, is currently the favourite for the job but the betting has been changing constantly and, this morning, was closed with Burnley’s former under-23 coach Michael Jolley having gone odds on.

Jolley is third favourite right now, behind Holt and Sol Campbell, as he looks for a return to English football following a period of time in Sweden.

Coach of our under-23 team, having moved to Turf Moor from Crewe, he left in June last year to take up the position of manager at AFC Eskilstuna. Bottom of the league at the time, his task looked impossible, but, although they were eventually relegated, he was close to pulling off an escape that hardly looked likely at the time he joined.

Having decided to leave at the end of the Swedish season, he’s been a familiar figure at our under-23 games whilst he’s looked for a new position and the Grimsby Telegraph have reported that he has applied for the job at Blundell Park and he was at their game last Saturday.

If successful, he’ll take over a side currently 20th in League Two, six points above the bottom two.

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