Jolley left Grimsby on Friday after a run of seven games without a win and Limbrick, his assistant coach, has been handed the reins for the time being.

The Tasmanian has been coaching in England for more than a decade, and has worked at the academies of both Southampton and West Ham.

He joined the coaching staff of Jolley's at the Mariners in June last year.

"It came as a shock and it has been a difficult time for the players and the staff," Limbrick told the media today.

"I’m someone that Michael Jolley brought in, so I have no problem in coming out and saying that this has been a difficult time. But as we know football moves very quickly and I find myself in this position now. I want to do the best I can by the club, the players and the fans.

"I’m determined now to put my stamp on things and make sure that we are ready for the game on Wednesday night. I don’t want to comment on the smaller details of it, if that’s okay?

"It was a shock to everyone and we didn’t expect to be in this position coming in to work this morning and looking ahead to the Newport game."

Grimsby are currently 18th in League Two, six points above bottom.

Limbrick previously served as assistant coach of the England Under-17 national team and as manager of National League club Woking FC.