Michael Jolley has parted ways with Barrow after leading only eight games and assistant manager Rob Kelly is appointed as his replacement until the campaign ends.
Former Grimsby Town boss
was offered the management role atBarrow
after David Dunn was dismissed in December 2020 due to a bad start to the 2020/21 season. Jolley signed a two-and-a-half-year contract with Barrow but managed to lead two victories, one draw, and five losses which cost him his role.
Barrow have been promoted to the Football League last campaign as National League champions, but are sitting 23rd in the League Two table. Their most recent clash was a 2-1 defeat byMorecambe
The Bluebirds are set to faceOldham Athletic
on Tuesday with
leading the team for the first time.
After Jolley’s dismissal, chairman
declared that the two had different ideals regarding the club’s playing style.
It has become apparent even in such a short space of time that unfortunately the Board and Michael have differing visions for how the team should play, which has led to this change being made
," said Hornby.
We believe that it's best to recognise this now and make the change early so that the team can concentrate on the remaining games of the season. We'd like to thank Michael for all of his hard work and wish him well in his future career.
"Rob Kelly has been appointed as caretaker manager with immediate effect and will lead the team until the end of the season.
"Rob has had a successful, albeit brief, spell in charge of the team earlier in the season and is aligned to our philosophies and culture.
"This has not been an easy decision to make. However, the Board feel that it's the right decision and one that gives us the best possible chance of remaining in League Two, which is the ultimate aim of everybody associated with Barrow AFC."