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Town Granted Permission to Speak to Hurst
Monday, 28th May 2018 21:51

Town have been given permission to speak to Shrewsbury manager Paul Hurst about the vacancy at Portman Road, the two clubs have announced. We understand Hurst could be confirmed as Blues boss as soon as tomorrow.

A compensation package has been agreed with the Shrews, who were beaten 2-1 by Rotherham in yesterday’s League One play-off final.

As TWTD reported last week, Town will now hold formal talks regarding personal terms with Hurst with the appointment likely to be confirmed in the next few days, perhaps as quickly as tomorrow.

While the Blues kept their distance during the Shropshire side’s play-off endeavours it’s long been understood that they have been given a strong indication that talks with the 43-year-old former Ilkeston, Boston and Grimsby boss would progress positively.

Those discussions with Blues owner Marcus Evans seem unlikely to take place face to face with Hurst having been due to fly to Dubai for a delayed family holiday earlier today.

It's expected that Hurst will be joined at Portman Road by his assistant Chris Doig - who played alongside Blues skipper Luke Chambers at Northampton - while Town are also currently short of a goalkeeper-coach and a fitness-coach with Malcolm Webster retiring and Andy Liddell opting to move on. Those positions at Shrewsbury are held by former Wales international Danny Coyne and Marc Lindsey.

Sheffield-born Hurst spent virtually his entire playing career as a left-back with Rotherham, where he was a team-mate of Blues academy coach Alan Lee, making 438 starts and 59 sub appearances, scoring 16 goals.

He spent a 17-game spell on loan with then-Conference Burton Albion in the second half of 2007/08 before hanging up his boots at the end of that season.

Hurst jointly took charge of Northern Premier League outfit Ilkeston Town alongside his Millers team-mate Rob Scott in January 2009 and the duo took the Robins from ninth to second and into the Conference North via the play-offs - beating Nantwich Town 2-1 in the final - in only five months in charge at the New Manor Ground.

The pair moved on to Boston United that summer and again won promotion from the Northern Premier League to the Conference North via the play-offs at the first attempt, the Pilgrims defeating Bradford Park Avenue 2-1 in the final. They also carried off the Northern Premier League Challenge Cup and Lincolnshire Senior Shield that season.

In March 2011 Hurst and Scott left Boston to take charge at then-Conference Grimsby Town following the sacking of Blues old boy Neil Woods.

After finishing 11th in the pair's first part-season at Blundell Park, the Mariners ended 2011/12 in the same position having slipped out of play-off contention.

The following season they were fourth having fallen away after leading the division earlier in the campaign and were beaten by Newport County in the play-off semi-finals 2-0 on aggregate, having lost the FA Trophy final on penalties to Wrexham.

Hurst took charge of the Lincolnshire club on his own from September 2013 after Scott was suspended and then subsequently sacked for gross misconduct.

In 2013/14 Grimsby finished third in the Conference but were beaten 5-3 on penalties by Bristol Rovers in the play-off final after a 1-1 draw.

However, the following campaign Hurst took the Mariners back into the EFL after six years away via a 3-1 play-off final victory over Forest Green Rovers having finished fourth.

Hurst began the following season with Grimsby in League Two but in October 2016 he and assistant Doig were recruited by League One Shrewsbury.

They successfully avoided relegation in 2016/17, then masterminded a hugely impressive 2017/18 in which they finished third having been pre-season favourites for the drop before losing yesterday's play-off final to Hurst's former club Rotherham, managed by his old team-mate Paul Warne.

The completion of Hurst's sixth play-off campaign in nine years had long been expected to trigger the patient Blues' formal approach as their two-month search for a new boss draws to a close.

According to some Shrews, the players Hurst is most likely to be keen to recruit from his old club once his appointment at Town is confirmed are midfielder Jon Nolan, who perhaps notably was linked with the Blues in April, and defender Aristote Nsiala.

However, a number of other Championship clubs, including Leeds, Norwich and Sheffield United, are all thought to be eyeing Nolan, who is contracted to Shrewsbury until the summer of 2020, and the 26-year-old is likely to cost a substantial fee.

Centre-half Nsiala, whose contract runs to the end of June 2019, is also understood to have been watched by a number of Championship sides during 2017/18.

Like Nolan, the 26-year-old DR Congo international was initially recruited by Hurst when Grimsby manager from elsewhere in non-league, the pair having previously been with the Everton academy.

Keeper Dean Henderson may be an even more likely target if Bartosz Bialkowski moves on this summer with Crystal Palace expected to renew their interest in Town's Polish number one.

The 21-year-old England U16, U17, U20 and U21 international, who has been offered new terms by his parent club Manchester United but is interesting a number of other clubs including Arsenal, has spent the season on loan with the Shrews and may well be sent out for a further spell in a higher division next season having previously played for Hurst at Grimsby in addition to a stint at Stockport.

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Dalty added 21:52 - May 28
Excellent news, well worth the 2 month wait.

HarleydavidsonBlue added 21:53 - May 28
Good, now lets get this done and dusted and move on. next season should be interesting, COYB.

TractorRoyNo1 added 21:56 - May 28
Great news, bring it on

jutever added 21:57 - May 28
COYB's very please if we do get PH signed up.

Reuserscurtains added 21:57 - May 28
Mick out

muhrensweet4thijssen added 21:59 - May 28
In the end of the day. We all have our opinions of who it should be but please can we all just applaud Hurst (if he is our new manager) and all pull together as one club united and galvinised as a powerful unit

jutever added 21:59 - May 28
24 hour news desk at TWTD...... unlike EADT has Stuart gone to bed?

Count_Arthur added 22:01 - May 28
Excellent news, shame for Hurst Shrewsbury missed out on promotion but he has massively overachieved and ticks all the boxes. Let's not forget the changes in our club since Dino left, better atmosphere and a good feel about things again. Hopefully a new chapter, COYB!

LWNR2013 added 22:05 - May 28

invictablue added 22:09 - May 28
Looking good, but we all know that a deal’s not a deal until the money’s in the till.
Let’s keep our fingers crossed and hope that this is just the start of the healing process where we get ITFC back to being the club that we can love and be proud of; both on the field and off the field

cobsterblue added 22:12 - May 28
That’s good news. I’m hoping if he is appointed we can all unite and give him our support. Coyb.

itfcserbia added 22:14 - May 28
Proud how we handled this, especially compared to some clubs out there rhyming with Blunderland.

ArnieM added 22:15 - May 28
I think we stand a much better chance of getting him now that the Shrews unfortunately failed to win promotion. Got to feel sorry for their fans. They must feel like their season has ended so poorly when in fact they have had a brilliant season. Good luck t9 them next season.

jpring89 added 22:15 - May 28

12th_Man added 22:16 - May 28
Paul Hurst's Barmy Army

iaintaylorx added 22:16 - May 28
Great news! Lets hope but not expext instanr success, please? Anything will be better than last season and hopefully the inclusion of our own youngsters with nice, attacking, attractive football will bring that buzz back to Portman Road again. Good choice of manager if all goes well!


bluearmy78 added 22:21 - May 28
Fantastic news, Hurst was my number 1 choice from the outset! Hope the negotiations go well, I’m sure they will. COYB

Burley4ever added 22:26 - May 28
I thought he was out of contract??
A compensation package???

busterjames1 added 22:33 - May 28
Well pleased if he signs on the dotted line ! Grimsby Town, Shrewsbury Town and now Ipswich Town ...-obviously not a city boy so should do well !!!

BlueandTruesince82 added 22:37 - May 28
B4E don't think so.

Tilsdale is OOC?

toxtethblue added 22:38 - May 28
They've stopped the book! :))

superdicksy added 22:41 - May 28
Good business
Knows the lower leagues
1st signing Nolan looked good yesterday

Guthrum added 22:51 - May 28
Burley4ever - rolling contract, I believe.

OwainG1992 added 22:52 - May 28
Great to hear! I've noticed people slagging him off as might play like Mick. What I'll say is if he is like a younger Mick from 10 years prior to us I will happily take that. Mick was jaded when he came to us and past it. Looking forward to Hurst bringing some cheap lads from lower leagues in as we've been clamouring for this for a long time! Not ex Wolves players

wychyblue added 22:56 - May 28
Nolan is Hurst favourite and will probably follow . Really good footballer , creative and skilful . Could of done with him last season . A bit like Teddy Bishop but more reliable . James Bolton , a good steady right back / centre half also worth a look . We need defenders more than midfielders ( when they are all fit)

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