Is Paul Hurst the right man for Grimsby?

Grimsby manager Paul Hurst is under increased pressure

Is Paul Hurst the right man for Grimsby?

Grimsby Town’s lacklustre form continues to leave questions over Paul Hurst’s managerial competence after last night’s 2-1 defeat against Solihull Moors. 

Town managed to bag the opener against the run of play, their first ‘real’ threat on goal which served as creative inspiration during the second half. 

Despite creating numerous chances to double their lead however, the lack of clinical determination to kill the game off proved vital as the Moors scored twice late on. 

After the playoff clash concluded, questions were raised again regarding Hurst’s substitution decision making, or lack thereof. 

Speaking to BBC Radio Humberside, the Town gaffer responded to the topic, suggesting it was an “obsession” and not an assessment of the Mainers performance. 

Hurst argued the changes were correct under the circumstances, Michee Efete had been replaced due to an injury whilst Maguire-Drew had “run his race”

Emmanuel Dieseruvwe was eventually brought on after the initial 90 minutes had been played, leaving him with stoppage time to make an impact, an impossible feat given the scoreline.

The Town boss came under scrutiny last weekend after a disappointing result with roster changes and substitutions the conversational topic.

Emmanuel Dieseruvwe found himself at the heart of complaints after he netted his second goal in just three appearances, but failed to make the starting 11 for the 0-0 draw against Boreham Wood.

The general consensus for Grimsby fans relay the same messages, Paul Hurst is reluctant to make changes until the final quarter.

One fan said he has ‘concerns’ over Hurst’s stubbornness to make changes which is effecting Town’s results and thus, reducing match attendances.

Another said they want Hurst to succeed but, “if we fail to make top 7 then questions should (rightly) be asked”

The Mainers currently sit in 8th place with 10 games left of the season, Solihull rocketed 5 points above Town whilst the Black and White army are a staggering 20 points off top spot.

If Grimsby are to secure League Two football next season, a drastic change needs to happen with Paul Hurst spearheading a positive, confident transformation.

Although Town’s form is questionable at best, Scunthorpe are in a desperate position with non-league relegation imminent.

The Iron have won just 4 league matches all season, taking a miserable 24 points for their troubles.

If the Mariners and Paul Hurst fail to perform for the remainder of the season, Scunthorpe will meet Grimsby in the National League next season.

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