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📺 iFollow | The First Interview With Michael Jolley

The new Town boss speaks exclusively to iFollow.

5 March 2018

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The new Town boss speaks exclusively to iFollow. 

Jolley highlighted the importance of positive thinking and injecting more confidence back into the Town side.

Speaking on iFollow Mariners, he said: “I believe we’ve got some good players here, and I’m going to inject some confidence into them.

“It’s about shaping their psychology, how they think, how they approach, how they recover.

“There are lots of layers underneath a performance but, clearly, there’s a lack of confidence at the moment, because any team that’s gone 15 games without a victory is going to be suffering a lack of confidence.”

“And try and bring some new energy and a new focus to how we’re playing. If we’re able to do that, then I think we’ll start to see some changes in our performance.

And the new boss is looking forward to getting on the training pitch with the Mariners players at Cheapside.

“I’m a coach so I will get on the training field and coach the players, and work with the players to get a clear idea of what it is we’re trying to do.

“And I see it as my job to work with the players, and help them to go out and deliver that.

“My style – it’s one that I’ve got a clear idea of what I want from the players and how I want the team to play,” he said.

Jolley also called for all Mariners fans to help pack Blundell Park for his first game in charge as Town welcome Port Vale to Blundell Park in Sky Bet League Two on Saturday (3pm).

He said: “It’s very important that we hit the ground running and we get it right in these next 10 games so the players and I need all the Grimsby Town fans to come down and give us their support.

“It’s a really important time for the football club. We all need to pull together and if we do it, then we give ourselves a good chance of succeeding this season, and then we can really start to think big and plan for the future in the summer.

“I understand it, I want to be a part of the community, and thank you to everybody who has made me feel welcome so far – let’s work together to try and be successful in the future.

He added that he hopes his previous role as Burnley youth academy coach will benefit him as Town boss.

“For a young coach to be able to work with him (Sean Dyche) closely for three years was a real honour.

“I learned a hell of a lot from him, and I’m really grateful to him for giving me that experience.

“The three years at Burnley were an amazing experience and hopefully I can bring some lessons from there to Grimsby Town,” he said.

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