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Grimsby Town appoint Ian Holloway as manager

Ian Holloway has been appointed as manager of "unfashionable" Grimsby Town - after holding talks at a fish and chip restaurant in Cleethorpes.

Holloway had been out of management since leaving QPR in May 2018. Holloway succeeds Michael Jolley, who was sacked on 15 November after a seven-game winless run.

"His record of achieving success at unfashionable, underperforming clubs makes him an attractive long-term appointment," said director John Fenty.

"The board believes securing someone of Ian's experience and reputation demonstrates our commitment to bringing success back to Blundell Park."

The Mariners have not won a game in more than three months - a run of 15 games - and have slipped to 21st in League Two, six points above bottom side Stevenage.

Holloway has twice guided teams to promotion to the Premier League, winning the play-offs with Blackpool in 2010 and Crystal Palace in 2013. He has also managed Bristol Rovers, Plymouth Argyle, Leicester City and Millwall in a coaching career that has spanned more than 23 years.

Caretaker boss Anthony Limbrick will stay on at the club and be Holloway's assistant.

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