Grimsby have appointed Mike Newell as their new manager.
The former Luton Town and Hartlepool boss, whose new side have taken just three points from their first nine games, has not worked in the game since speaking out against corruption in football.
But Newell says that he never feared being frozen out of the game after revealing some of the scandals within the game.
He told BBC Radio Humberside: "I didn't have a fear. Short-term it didn't do me any favours but I always thought long-term I would get back into the game.
"I thought there would be plenty of football clubs and plenty of football people who would like me to work for them.
"I watched them on Saturday at Rotherham and for a team in the position they're in I was pleasantly surprised."