Jolley is proving himself to be a young manager to watch. On December 14th, Grimsby stood six points above the relegation zone.

After winning at Exeter to make it 12 points from a possible 15 in the month, they were six points off the Play-Offs.

Jolley said: “Really pleased. It’s recognition for the whole football club and the progress that we’ve made, certainly in recent months – culminating in a really strong December.

“I think Manager of the Month is always a bit of a misnomer because it’s really team of the month – it’s based on the results of the team over that period.

“It’s credit to our players that they came through that period, and delivered some really good performances.

“And we were consistent throughout, despite picking up some injuries to important players, and those who stepped into the team really showed that they were ready to help the team get some good results.

“It’s testament to the way the lads work because even those who aren’t in the team are really working hard, training hard, and ready to step in.”

George Burley chairs the Sky Bet Manager of the Month judging panel.

He said: “Michael is proving to be a very good and talented young manager. During December, he has taken Grimsby Town from just above the relegation zone to six points from the play-off positions.”

Sky Sports’ EFL pundit Don Goodman said: “Michael Jolley’s path to becoming Grimsby manager is about as unusual as it’s possible to get. Aged just 41, he has an economics degree from Cambridge and traded bonds in New York before taking his first management job in Sweden.

“He’s done a terrific job so far in driving Grimsby up the table this season and the away win at promotion chasing Exeter City in their final game of the month was the icing on the cake.”

Sky Bet EFL trader Ivor Davies said: “Michael Jolley’s Grimsby side won four games and lost the other in the month of December to ease the Mariners into mid-table security and stave off any relegation fears.

“They were 11/4 to go down at the start at the month and are now as big as 33/1. They sit nine points off the last Play-Off spot and are priced at 22/1 to make them.”


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