Solihull Moors manager Marcus Bignot has been appointed as Paul Hurst’s successor at SkyBet League Two club Grimsby Town.
Bignot led the Moors into the Vanarama National League last season, as they won the National League North by nine points.
Despite being tipped as relegation candidates the Moors are sat just below mid-table and are nine points clear of the relegation zone.
His final game in charge of the Moors came in the FA Cup with Sunday’s 2-2 draw at League Two club Yeovil Town.
Moors fought back from two goals down to secure a replay and go into the draw for the Second Round.
Bignot’s performance in his time with the Moors has brought attention from a number of Football League clubs.
Last week it was announced that Grimsby Town has asked for permission to speak to the former QPR defender and now he has been appointed as successor to Paul Hurst, after he left the Mariners last week to take over at Shrewsbury Town.
The Mariners sit just one point and one place outside of the League Two play-off places, with Bignot’s first game coming in the EFL Trophy on Wednesday as they host Sheffield United.
The news was confirmed on the Moors website with the following statement.
“Marcus Bignot has today left Solihull Moors having agreed terms with Grimsby Town.
The 42-year-old is set to be formally unveiled as manager of the Sky Bet League 2 side after five and a half seasons in charge of The Moors.
Assistant manager Micky Moore will also depart The Automated Technology Group Stadium to join the Mariners’ coaching staff.
The Board will confirm interim arrangements shortly before beginning a thorough recruitment process to find a permanent manager capable of continuing the club’s progression.
Since promotion to the Vanarama National League at the start of the season, the club has been restructured to ensure it remains on solid footing while matching the professional standards required to compete in step one of the football pyramid”
In the statement Bignot paid tribute to the Moors for their part in giving him his chance in management.
He said “I would like to place on record my gratitude to the then chairman Nigel Collins and present incumbent Trevor Stevens for both giving me my first managerial opportunity.
“I’d also like to extend that gratitude to the Board and Mike Turl for allowing me to take a football team and go on to build a football club, I’m very proud of not only on the pitch but off it also.
“On behalf of myself and my family, we would like to thank the club and its supporters for making my time here a memorable and successful journey. I can honestly say The Moors will always have a genuine place in my heart.
“To all my staff and players throughout my time here, my next chapter in life would never have been possible without the togetherness we created and that enabled us to make history.
“Now looking to the future and whoever takes on this squad, they will not only be inheriting a very good group of players but a dressing room full of even better people. This is a group I will always look out for and look back with immense pride in what they achieved for me and Solihull Moors Football Club.”
Article: Mark Carruthers (@marknldaily)