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Chris Casper replaces Brian Stein at Grimsby Town

Brian Stein
Brian Stein leaves Grimsby after a year at the club

Assistant manager Brian Stein has left Grimsby Town by mutual consent and has been replaced by former Bury manager Chris Casper.

Stein, 52, joined the Mariners in 2008 as chief scout under former manager Mike Newell and was promoted to assistant manager in May.

But following Newell's departure from Blundell Park in October, new boss Neil Woods decided a change was required.

Casper's deal runs until the end of the current campaign.

Woods told the club website: "Brian has been excellent to work with. There will be a restructure of what's been going on. Ultimately it hasn't been working and we need to build the football side of the club.

"We need to get the club out of the situation we are in short-term, while also building a club that won't fall back. That includes the way we train and prepare for games."

Casper became the league's youngest manager when he was appointed by Bury aged 30, in 2005.

But he was sacked in January 2008 after a run of poor results and took up a coaching role at Bradford City.

He told BBC Radio Humberside: "I'm really pleased and excited to be coming in. It's a big club and hopefully we can start moving up the table.

"I've known Neil for a long time and he has always had good players and good teams.

"I'll be helping out with the reserves and hopefully can get us going and bring some experience."

Grimsby currently lie second bottom of League Two, having failed to win in their past 11 games.

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