Former Grimsby Town and Shrewsbury manager Paul Hurst was sacked as manager of Ipswich Town on Thursday, after the Tractor Boys were defeated by Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United 2-0 on Wednesday night.

Ipswich Town have won only one game in their 15 Championship matches this season, losing eight games so far. They currently sit at the bottom of the Championship table with just nine points from a possible 45 this season – five points away from Rotherham United in 21st.

The Tractor Boys have moved quickly to replace the 44-year-old, bringing in Paul Lambert – who Town will be hoping can help them climb up the table.

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Hurst arrived at Portman Road, replacing long standing manager Mick McCarthy – who left after six years, with the relationship between him and the fans deteriorating over the final season of McCarthy’s time at Portman Road.

Hurst arrived after carrying Shrewsbury to the League One Play-Offs, with a side that was tipped for relegation in the early stages of the 2017/18 season. Once arriving at Ipswich, Hurst brought in several players from League One, including Jon Nolan and Toto Nsiala – who played for him at Shrewsbury.

However, the refurbishment of the squad has failed, and Ipswich sit in a dangerous position with fifteen games gone.

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Despite Hurst’s failure to make things work in his first Championship job, he insists he has no regrets on his time at Portrman Road.

“This only makes me more determined to be a success in the future,” he told The Sun.

“Looking back now there are things I would probably change but I have no regrets. And now it’s time for me to sit by the phone again and hope that I get a different kind of call.

“When I get it I will be ready and I aim to make sure the experience with Ipswich will only make me better at my job.

“I don’t feel like I am damaged goods now. Sometimes you have to take a step backwards to go forwards and I have complete belief that I will become a top manager.”


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