Grimsby Town have appointed David Artell as the club’s new manager the day before their League 2 game at MK Dons.

The former Gibraltar international has signed a deal with the Mariners until the summer of 2026, replacing Paul Hurst who left the club on October 28th.

Artell’s first test will be Grimsby’s trip to Milton Keynes at Stadium MK tomorrow (28/11). The team currently sit 21st in the League Two table after winning 2 of their last 13 games.

The 43-year-old had previously managed Crewe Alexandra, taking charge of the Cheshire club between January 2017 and April 2022. Under Artell, Crewe won promotion to League One in the covid-hit 2019/20 season.

Artell told the official Grimsby Town website that he was impressed by what he was presented with and was eager to get going.

He said, “It’s an exciting time to be part of this football club.

“I’ve been thoroughly impressed by what Andrew and Jason have said and the plans that they have got going forwards and I think there’s a lot of hard work ahead, both on and off the pitch, but it’s a challenge that I’m excited about and that I can certainly get on board with.

“I think it’s been well documented now that I’ve turned down a few jobs in League Two, I turned down one last week, and I turned down Assistant Coach at Standard Liege in Belgium before that.

“The key thing is that there’s a plan. Jason and Andrew have been absolutely explicit in the detail of where they want this club to go and I went ‘that’ll do.’

“Quite a lot of other clubs think that I’m the plan and I understand that but, at the same time, it’s not just that. I’ve been mightily impressed by Jason and Andrew and what they have said.”