Grimsby given boost with rivals in managerial limbo

Grimsby given boost with rivals in managerial limbo

The Mariners’ chances of making it two home wins in a row may be boosted by Bromley’s current managerial uncertainty.

Grimsby play Bromley on Saturday – coinciding with Great Grimsby Day – in a crucial play-off clash.

Bromley currently sit sixth in the National League, five points and three places above Paul Hurst’s men, who sit ninth.

Their manager Andy Woodman has been crucial to the The Ravens’ success this campaign, and he has been looked at by League One Gillingham.

The Gills are in the midst of a relegation battle in England’s third tier and have been given permission to speak to the Bromley boss.

A Bromley statement read: “The Club can confirm that it has received an official approach from Gillingham Football Club for permission to speak to Manager Andy Woodman.

“Although the Club has no intention of wishing to let Andy depart, we have always looked to do the right thing by our staff and players when official approaches have been made, and thus, permission has been granted for both parties to speak.

“Gillingham are fully aware of the terms of Andy’s contract with Bromley Football Club and the level of compensation required.

Bromley Chairman Robin Stanton-Gleaves added: “I will do my absolute best to retain Andy’s services and I very much wish to keep him at Bromley Football Club. Equally though, I accept the prospect of immediately managing an EFL League One side will be difficult for Andy to refuse.”

Off-the-field complications could cause havoc for their preparation for the visit to Blundell Park on Saturday, and this is where the Mariners could strike and earn a crucial three points.

Paul Hurst’s job, on the other hand, has not looked to be in danger despite a recent barren run of results, and improved performances and results in 2022 have quietened some agitated supporters.

If Woodman does depart Bromley, it could hurt their results in the medium to long-term; removing them as a play-off rival for Grimsby to worry about.

The next few weeks are crucial for the Mariners with matches against play-off rivals coming thick and fast as they will face Bromley, Wrexham and Notts County in the next fortnight.

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