Manager Paul Hurst first joined Town in March 2011 and guided the club back to the Football League via the play-offs, having previously seen his side reach the play-offs on three consecutive occasions since taking over.
Prior to beginning his managerial career, Paul played as a left-back for Rotherham United and played over 430 games for them between 1993 and 2008, solidifying himself as a legend at Millmoor. Whilst at Rotherham, Paul was part of the team that was promoted twice won the Football League Trophy Final in 1996 after a 2-1 victory over Shrewsbury Town
Following a short loan spell at Burton Albion, Paul retired from football and took over at Ilkeston Town alongside his former Millers teammate Rob Scott. Their season at Ilkeston saw them finish second in the Northern Premier League and go on to win promotion to the Conference North via the play-offs.
The duo left the club due to financial problems and took over at Boston United in July 2009, with the Pilgrims winning promotion to the Conference North via the play-offs and then challenging for the top positions in that league before they left to join Town in March 2011.
Following an eleventh place finish in their first full season, Town reached the play-offs in 2012-2013 season before losing out to Newport County over two legs.
Paul took sole charge of the club when Rob Scott left in September 2013 and after being edged out in the semi-finals again, this time by Gateshead, a successful campaign last time out followed.
Town came moments away from promotion as they reached the Conference Promotion Final and were the better team before losing out on penalties to Bristol Rovers.
In 2016, after a memorable victory at Braintree in the play off semi finals, the Mariners finally made it back to the promised land with a 3-1 Play-off Final win against Forest Green Rover at Wembley.