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The Hard Work Starts Now

By: Dave Boylen
Date: 29/06/2006

THE hard work starts now at the famous Blundell Park. Are we in a better position than Russell Slade was when he first came to Grimsby Town - he only had six players when he arrived (I am sure that if I am wrong I will be corrected on that score)?

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Graham Rodger, after learning his trade from previous managers, is now in the hot seat and he has got the task to take the Mariners forward to hopefully a new level. I do think that possibly he is in a better position than Slade was when he first came regarding playing staff. Graham has got at least eight players available and a crop of youngsters who, if they get a chance, will be a asset to the football club.

But will Graham take the bull by the horns and play a couple of these youngsters? Russell certainly did not: one player springs to mind straight away, Danny North, a Potenshiel goal scorer and I do believe that when we kept bringing in these loan players we had a player there who was already in our ranks and was just bursting at the gut to play for the football club, and what's more he comes from Grimsby!

I am sure that Graham will have his own plans for the football club and the background of his own career speaks for itself: he knows Grimsby inside out, he has also worked alongside Russell Slade, like him or love him Russell could conjurer players from other clubs out of the blue.

I personally did not like the hoofing of the ball from one goalpost to the other. I think the tradition of the Mariners in my eyes has always been to at least try to play football on the ground. Over the years when we had Alan Buckley at the helm the Mariners were accused of playing too much football, can you believe that, and Alan's record speaks for itself - the most successful manager in the history of Grimsby Town: two Wembley finals in six weeks which we will never forget.

Alan Buckley could be prickly, I know that from when I played against him on a regular basis when he was at Walsall, but he was an extremely good footballer. Alan was a proven goalscorer and loved to play the ball along the green green grass of the football pitch.

The question of who is going to be no. 2 to Graham is still not been decided. This seems to be dragging on a bit, obviously Macca was rejected. I know that he applied for the job, but maybe they thought he needed some experience in the operations side of running a football club. Well possibly I agree to a certain extent, if that is the case why did the club not give him a coaching role at the football club? Maybe run the reserves alongside being a squad member for the first team, strange decision to me, after all this guy has given twenty years to the football club.

I feel that whoever has been asked to be No. 2 is thinking very hard about the job and I must state that I do not know who it is, I don't think that it is somebody already connected to the football club. It will be a person who is already tied to another football club and is probably trying to get released from his contract. All will be revealed possibly in the next week.

On this site I have seen people express that he nearly went to Hull the other year. On the other hand Macca turned down going to Charlton a few years back when they were in the Second Division and they went up to the Premier the year later. Also Ipswich came in for him and he stayed at Blundell Park. To me a true loyal servant.

I hope that some of these signings that are being rumoured to be coming to Grimsby are correct, at least they are players who play football on the ground. I don't ever want to see again the rubbish that was Cardiff, the supporters got let down badly. Please Graham get a good spirit in that dressing room once again.


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