FOOTBALL: SOLIHULL MOORS boss Marcus Bignot looks set to be named as the new manager of Grimsby Town after holding positive talks with the League Two club earlier this week.
The 42-year-old former QPR defender travelled to Blundell Park and held discussions with the Mariners who were hoping to make an appointment before the club’s FA Cup clash against Bolton on Saturday.
Bignot is currently favourite with the bookies to be announced as the next Grimsby Town boss and the Observer understands he has been offered the role although he will take charge or Moors’ FA Cup clash against Yeovil this Saturday.
Should he take the job, Bignot would replace current joint caretakers Dave Moore and Stuart Watkiss – who took over from former boss Paul Hurst who left the club last week to take over at Shrewsbury Town.
In his time at the Moors, Bignot helped guide them to promotion from the National League North during the 2015/16 season – the first time Moors climbed out of the league since 2007.
He has also took charge of 18 Vanarama National League games this season – winning six games to ensure they sit in 15th, nine points above the relegation zone.
Bignot is also heavily involved with Birmingham City Ladies where he holds an assistant manager role. Along with David Parker he has helped establish the Blues as a force to be reckoned with in Women’s Super League One.
Other managers linked to the Grimsby Town job include former Everton player Dave Jones and former Bournemouth boss Paul Groves.
A statement released by Solihull Moors confirmed: “Solihull Moors has granted permission to Grimsby Town to speak to Marcus Bignot about their vacant managerial position.
“The board wishes to place on record that whilst it would not wish to stand in the way of an individual’s ambition, it is eager to retain the services of Bignot to continue the progression he has made at the club in his five-year tenure.
“It is hoped that the talks will reach a swift resolution to ensure minimum disruption for all parties and the club will endeavour to update supporters in due course.
“There will be no further comment until this matter is resolved.”