Debbie Cook’s Programme Notes

Ahead of today’s match against Morecambe, you can now read CEO Debbie Cook’s programme notes included in this weekend’s issue of The Mariner…

During my two and a half years as your Chief Executive, I’ve had the privilege of witnessing what many would undoubtedly consider two of the most exceptional years in Grimsby Town Football Club’s history.

Our promotion on our first attempt, our remarkable journey to the FA Cup Quarter-finals, and achieving our best league position in 17 years over the last two seasons are achievements that echo the glory days of Alan Buckley and his squad back in 1998.

Throughout this period, I’ve had the privilege of collaborating with one manager, a decent and nice person, Paul Hurst. Both Paul and his Assistant Manager, Chris Doig, displayed an unwavering commitment to their roles and tirelessly pursued success at Grimsby Town throughout their tenure. Our club’s ethos is deeply rooted in family values, and they were, and always will be, a part of the GTFC family. Parting ways with them was always going to be a challenging decision. I’d like to extend my heartfelt tribute to Paul and Chris for their professionalism and express my gratitude for the excellent working relationship we shared.

A club that holds family values at its core always feels the departure of good people, and there’s no doubt that this has been acutely felt in recent days. However, our club is fortunate to have numerous staff members who are wholly devoted to the Mariners. Their professionalism, their willingness to roll up their sleeves, and their ‘do whatever it takes’ mentality have swiftly come into play. This blend of camaraderie, combined with unrelenting hard work, passion, and dedication, results in an extraordinary group of individuals working here. I’d like to extend my appreciation to everyone who has stepped up and that includes every corner of the club. When our supporters are feeling disillusioned, it affects all our staff.

When I reached out to Ben Davies and Shaun Pearson after our game at Doncaster to ask them to assume interim charge, they both responded without hesitation that it would be an honour. Our club benefits from an incredible, passionate supporter base, but it also brings added pressure when taking on such roles. In the brief time that Ben and Shaun have been leading the squad, we’ve witnessed more dedication and hard work, buoyed by the support of our wider team. They carry this Club in their hearts and are wholly committed to delivering strong performances. Let’s get behind them and the squad.

As always, thanks for your continued support of the Mariners. Enjoy today’s game as we face Morecambe.

Best wishes, Debbie

You can buy your issue of The Mariner, including a feature interview with Shaun Pearson, around the ground ahead of kick-off or online now HERE for just £3.



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