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Grimsby Town part with manager Neil Woods

Neil Woods
Woods failed to win in his last four games as Grimsby boss

Grimsby Town have relieved manager Neil Woods of his duties with immediate effect after 15 months in charge.

Woods leaves with the club ninth in the Blue Square Bet Premier, nine points outside the play-off places following Tuesday's 1-1 draw with Forest Green.

The 44-year-old took charge at Blundell Park in November 2009 but was unable to prevent the club being relegated from the Football League.

Woods' assistant Dave Moore will take temporary charge of the team.

A statement on the club website said that the board of directors will be meeting next week to discuss the appointment of a new manager and to determine whether there is the mindset for John Fenty to be replaced as chairman.

It is important the club makes a timely appointment to keep alive their play-off aspirations

Grimsby Town statement

It said: "Neil has been a terrific servant to the club and the decision has not been an easy one.

"The club will not be promoting from within and will consider all applications along with a number of targets.

"It is important the club makes a timely appointment to keep alive their play-off aspirations."

Woods took over as manager from Mike Newell after previously overseeing the club's youth set-up since 2003.

He also made more than 200 appearances for the Mariners during his playing career.

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see also
Grimsby 1-1 Forest Green
22 Feb 11 |  Non League
Mariners boss Woods will not quit
17 Jan 11 |  Grimsby
Pressure grows on Grimsby's Woods
17 Jan 11 |  Grimsby
Woods named new Grimsby manager
23 Nov 09 |  Grimsby

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