Ipswich Town have appointed Paul Hurst as their new manager on a three-year deal.
The 44-year-old has left League One side Shrewsbury Town to join the Portman Road club. He has impressed for the Shrews this season after guiding them to the Checkatrade Trophy final and Play-Off final. Even though his side lost both finals, Hurst’s side were considered as early pre-season favourites for relegation so exceeded all their expectations.
Ipswich Town had been in the hunt for a new manager for a while as they looked for a replacement for Mick McCarthy. They were linked with St Mirren’s Jack Ross, who moved to Sunderland, and also ex-Wales and Sunderland boss Chris Coleman but have now found their man in Hurst.
Hurst played for Rotherham United and Burton Albion in his playing days. He then went into management after retiring and had spells in non-league with Ilkeston Town and Boston United before taking over at Grimsby Town in 2013 and guided them to promotion to the Football League in 2016.
He was handed the Shrewsbury Town job in October 2016 and kept them in League One in his first season in charge. Then in this campaign he has defied all odds by getting his Shrews side competing at the top end of the third tier.
Here is how Ipswich Town fans have reacted to the news of his appointment on Twitter-
Now let's get behind Paul Hurst!! No moaning just 100% support!! Let's show him we have the best fan's in the world!! COYB #itfc
— ITFC COYB!! (@Aessexboy71) May 30, 2018
— Ashley Colbourn (@AJColbourn1) May 30, 2018
Huge relief it's all sorted. Now we can stop worrying about Pardew, Sherwood, other club vacancies and Oddschecker! #itfc
— Geraint Jones (@jones_itfc) May 30, 2018
Buzzing with that news got the man we wanted young, fresh ideas knows the English leagues can’t wait for August ! #ITFC
— Unofficial Martin Kemp (@MARVITFC) May 30, 2018