Grimsby Town will be opponents of Yeovil’s next season after relegation from League Two. Yesterday, the club confirmed that the majority shareholder John Fenty had sold his shares to the newly formed 1878 company owned by Jason Stockwood and Andrew Pettit.
There’s a Yeovil Town FC link at the heart of the new Grimsby operation, a certain Mark Palmer. Palmer would be assisting them in the assessment of and options for the football operations. Palmer has aided the consortium through the takeover process in his role as managing director of Insight 63, a UK-based advisory firm working in football.
There’s an interview with Francios Zoko following Yeovil’s relegation in 2019, which provides some insight into Palmer’s contribution at Huish Park.
Zoko told the paper that he was aware of Palmer’s involvement back at the club during November 2018, and said that the Football Advisor was directly engaging with the club’s first team players, even to the point of entering the dressing room. He felt that was crossing a line that ‘office’ people should never do: “I felt it from the start. When we were speaking to someone who wanted to take over at the club, as soon as they stepped in and crossed the line the club got worse and worse. From November, Mark Palmer was there and they ruined the club. That’s it. You have an office and dressing room. When someone from the office, like Palmer, crosses the line and comes into the dressing room speaking to players, promising things, you’re killing it.” READ MORE HERE…
Stockwood, the new Mariners chairman said: “Grimsby Town belongs to the fans and the community; we are truly honoured to now be the custodians of the club, running it on their behalf. To that end, involving the fans is essential for us. We will listen carefully to them and will want their help in running the club properly and setting an ambitious, progressive, and crucially, sustainable vision for progress.
“We’re fully aware we’ve inherited a club in a challenging situation and we commit to be open and transparent about what we can and can’t do – and to be realistic about the job in hand. We wish to give special thanks to Paul Hurst for all the hard work and commitment he and his team have been putting in to build the squad from a tough position. We look forward to continuing to work with Paul and the team into next season and beyond. Andrew and I are working as close partners on all decisions. We are passionate about Grimsby Town and I am deeply honoured and privileged to take on the role of Chair and have the opportunity to try and help the club improve over the next few years.”
As well as changes to the club’s board, the new owners also announced that