Grimsby Town manager Paul Hurst has today emerged as the short odds-on favourite to take up the managerial vacancy at League Two side Notts County. Nottingham Post’s Notts County writer Leigh Curtis has confirmed that the Magpies have been monitoring him since the summer.

The Meadow Lane club are stepping up their search for a successor to Ricardo Moniz this week and are expected to conduct interviews with potential candidates. Interestingly, Hurst wasn’t present for Grimsby’s usual pre-match press briefing today, with Goalkeeper Coach Andy Warrington instead doing the press duties ahead of their weekend National League clash with Welling. Another interesting factor was that Assistant Manager Chris Doig didn’t do the press either. This has several speculating that the pair are speaking to Notts County.

It was reported yesterday in the Nottingham Post that Hurst had emerged as a serious candidate to jump up a League and take on a Football League job for the first time in his career. The current Head of Recruitment at Notts County is Guy Branston, who is a former team-mate of Hurst’s during their time together at Rotherham United.

Hurst has led Grimsby to the Conference Play-Off Final last season, after falling short at the semi-final stages in the few seasons before that. Although they suffered defeat to Bristol Rovers, Hurst’s stock in the game has certainly grown over time. The Mariners again look on course to at least achieve a play-off spot, although they are still in with a chance of winning the league title as well.

It was only a few months ago that Hurst was linked with a Championship job in the form of his former club Rotherham, however they elected to appoint ex-Leeds United Head Coach Neil Redfearn instead. Hurst also demonstrated his potential qualities in pre-season, when guiding Grimsby to a 3-0 pre-season friendly victory against Notts County.

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