After a fourth consecutive defeat and with the team placed 21st in League Two, Grimsby Town announced the departure of Paul Hurst from his position as manager at Blundell Park.
This was Hursts second stint with the Mariners, as he also coached them between 2011 and 2016. In his second spell – which started mid-season in 2019/20 – Hurst suffered relegation from League Two and then got the team promoted back to the fourth tier the very next season.
Now, the Mariners are looking for a manager that would help them avoid relegation, and the next Grimsby Town manager odds may serve as an indication of what is next at Blundell Park.
Grimsby Town Next Manager Betting List
While Ben Davies and Shaun Pearson will act on interim basis in the meantime, the Grimsby Town next manager odds indicate that David Healy is the favourite for the permanent job. He is followed by other coaches with experience in the English football pyramid at various levels.
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David Healy has been linked with the job opening at Blundell Park in recent days but he has come out to publicly state his intention to continue at Linfield in the Northern Irish Premiership. It remains to be seen what will happen in next weeks, but it appears that Healy is opposed to the idea of leaving Linfield mid-season.
That aside, it is easy to understand why Grimsby Town would target David Healy. The former Northern Ireland international who once played in the Premier League has now become a successful coach. The 44-year-old has been coaching Linfield – a club he supported as a kid – since 2015.
In charge of the Blues, Healy has won 11 trophies, including five league titles. What is more, Linfield are currently leading in the Irish Premiership, and Healy will be motivated to bring the league title back home after missing out on it last term. He has a contract at Windsor Park until 2025.
Despite his solid CV, some fans may protest the potential appointment of Danny Cowley as the next Grimsby Town manager due to his past at their rivals Lincoln City. However, there is no doubt that Cowley has the necessary experience and tactical aptitude to turn the situation around at Blundell Park.
Speaking about his past with Lincoln City, Cowley took charge of the Imps still in the National League and won two promotions, leaving them in League One at the time of his departure. What is more, the 45-year-old experienced the EFL Championship as he had stints in the second flight with Huddersfield Town and, most recently, Portsmouth. Before his promotion with Lincoln, Cowley worked in the non-professional divisions with Concord Rangers and Braintree Town.
At the moment, there are no rumours linking Cowley with the job opening at the Mariners. However, he is known to be in contention for the newly-opened vacancy at Lincoln City instead, so it may be difficult for Town to get hold of him.
If the Marines want a coach with vast experience of the lower divisions, then there are barely any better candidates than Phil Parkinson. Despite the Englishman sitting so high on the next Grimsby Town manager odds list, though, he is currently employed.
Since 2021, Parkinson has been coaching Welsh club Wrexham. He took charge of the Red Dragons in the National League and won promotion to League Two at the end of the 2022/23 term. His team has had a solid start to the new campaign and currently sit third in the standings.
Parkinson is widely regarded as a promotion specialist, as he managed to take his teams to the upper divisions while working with Brandford City, Colchester United and Bolton Wanderers. Nevertheless, his biggest achievement is reaching the 2012/13 EFL Cup final with fourth-tier Bradford City where they were defeated by Premier League side Swansea City.
Note: There is another manager by the name of Phil Parkinson who trains Altrincham in the National League. BetVictor did not specify which Parkinson they mean.
Nathan Rooney is another candidate who has managed to build a successful career outside England. He is by far the youngest name on the list as he turned 34 years old in September. Rooney’s name appeared in the media soon after Hurst’s sacking but there have been recent updates since then, with the Grimsby Town executives stating that they will take their time to identify the perfect long-term candidate for the job.
Nathan Rooney is currently undergoing his second stint at Bruno’s Magpies in the Gibraltar top division. He led the Magpies to victory in the Gibraltar Cup and Super Cup in 2022/23 and decided to try his luck in Portugal at Espinho over the summer. However, that spell ended abruptly before the start of the season and Rooney is now back in Gibraltar.
The Englishman got his coaching badges at the age of 22 which has allowed him to gather respectable experience. He has held coaching and assistant positions at Blackburn Rovers’ and Fleetwood Town’s academies, then worked as an assistant at Crawley Town and Carlisle United. Rooney’s first experience as a head manager came with Colne in the non-professional divisions.
David Artell, on the other hand, has only one club on his CV – Crewe Alexandra. Nevertheless, it is difficult to call the 42-year-old inexperienced as he spent five years at the Railwaymen and had a long list of obligations, ranging from coaching the first team to being in charge of the scouting system and transfer negotiations.Artell left his position at Crewe Alexandra in 2022 and admitted that he was burnt out, but one year later, he may be willing to return to coaching.
In charge of the Railwaymen, Artell first led them to safety in the 2016/17 campaign and would go on to win promotion to League One in 2019/20. Artell and Crewe survived the initial season in the third tier but would suffer relegation at the end of 2021/22, which saw the coach dismissed from his position.
While at Crewe, Artell had to deal with a lot of off-the-pitch issues as well as the team was struggling financially, but that does not appear to be the case at Grimsby Town, which could be an important factor for him.