Paul Hurst has described rumours linking him with the Ipswich manager’s role as “a compliment.”

The Shrewsbury Town boss has been one of the standout managers in the Football League this season, taking the Shrews from relegation favourites in the third tier to promotion contenders.

Ultimately, the Shropshire club fell short of automatic promotion, but they have guaranteed a third place finish in Sky Bet League One, and they will compete in the Play-Offs following the conclusion of the regular season.

As expected, Paul Hurst is being linked with a number of roles in the second tier as a reward for his excellent performance this season.

In an interview with BBC Radio Shropshire (Via BBC Sport), the Shrewsbury boss said: “I’m not going to sit here and say it’s not nice to be linked with jobs, because it means you’re doing something right.”

“All I will do is assure people that my focus is very much on trying to be successful and get this club promoted.”

Hurst was not giving much away, but he did not guarantee Shrewsbury fans that he would be at the club next season.

When asked a question relating to his future, he said:  “I can’t honestly answer that. It would be wrong for me to sit here and say that. I don’t know what’s going to happen between now and then.”

Hurst took over at Shrewsbury after leaving Grimsby Town. He led Grimsby to promotion back to the Football League, and now he has the chance to take Shrewsbury back to the second tier.

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