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Grimsby Confirm Hurst Appointment
Wednesday, 30th Dec 2020 19:39

Grimsby Town have confirmed the appointment of former Blues boss Paul Hurst as their new manager.

Hurst, 46, has signed a deal until June 2023 at Blundell Park and is joined by his Town assistant Chris Doig. Hurst, who watched last night’s 0-0 home draw with Oldham, was previously in charge at Grimsby between March 2011 and October 2016.

“It's a bit surreal to be back!” Hurst told the Mariners’ official site. “It brings back a lot of nice memories too. It's great to see a lot of familiar faces here still and I have enjoyed it.

“Not much has changed, many of the faces are still the same but that can be a positive. In terms of getting to know people that's easily done, I already know the people here so that'll be an easy transition.

“No one wants to see the club where it is [22nd in League Two]. There is no doubt that it is a perilous position.

“There is no point in hiding away from that fact and after being a big part in helping the club get back into the League, I can hopefully play a big part in making sure that we are still there come the end of the season.”

Hurst was in charge of the Blues for just 149 days between May and October 2019. His most recent job prior to today's appointment was at Scunthorpe between May 2019 and January 2020.

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Suffolkboy added 19:47 - Dec 30
Best of luck all round !

Saxonblue74 added 19:50 - Dec 30
Just in time for the January transfer window. Should allow him to move some of their players on and pay well over the odds for a few lower league replacements. Good luck Grimsby!

WhoisJimmyJuan added 20:17 - Dec 30
Q the debate about who is/was a worse manager for us. Lambo vs Hursto with a complimentary aside from Bluearmy about how Evans is clueless in his managerial appointments. Oh and Dolphinblue on hiw grateful we must be to Evans and Lambo

herfie added 20:34 - Dec 30
Hurst and Doig.....a lethal combination! Does 2nd time around ever really work? Comparisons/expectations from first stint’s comparative success will inevitably rule.

heathen66 added 20:37 - Dec 30
Good Luck Paul, I hope it goes well for you.
Unfortunate here at ITFC (yes you and Doig especially had you faults) but was not given any chance to implement the changes we all desired...and still do !!!
Certainly not assisted by the Senior players who were still sulking at Mick leaving and did not want any part of the change that Hurst attempted as they liked it all as it was...just doing what they have always done !!!
In fairness Lambert has done no better, maybe even worse.
I hope he does well...simple !!!

dirtydingusmagee added 21:00 - Dec 30
thats a bit grim .

cat added 21:31 - Dec 30
Good luck to him, hopefully he’s dumped his sidekick! Was a fan of the way he set up with and was unlucky IMO that key players left soon after he arrived.

BlueArrow added 21:46 - Dec 30

leftie1972 added 22:49 - Dec 30

Swailsey added 23:55 - Dec 30
No best wishes from me.

stiff_talking added 02:34 - Dec 31
Grimsby must be short of money and wanting to bring in players who are cheap and can run around a lot !


Pencilpete added 09:21 - Dec 31
Sometimes certain managers and clubs are a good fit and sometimes they are a bad fit

A good example of this is Nathan Jones and Luton Town who seem to thrive together butwhen Jones went to Stoke City he was useless and couldn't buy a win

Paul Hurst and ITFC were a very bad fit but it could be that Grimsby Town is his fit and his level.

I don't think it benefits anyone to be bitter or hold grudges, i think he was well out of his depth but tried his best so i personally wish him well there

oldelsworthyfan added 09:45 - Dec 31
Let's wish him well at Grimsby.

slade1 added 10:56 - Dec 31
I wish Paull all the best back at Grimsby.
Ok, it didn't work out for him here but that's football.
It doesn't make him a bad man.
Good luck

miltonmowbray added 11:16 - Dec 31
So he was managing Ipswich AND Scunthorpe from May 2019, I knew there had to be an explanation for his performance...

Cloddyseedbed added 12:27 - Dec 31
He'll struggle.

chopra777 added 13:36 - Dec 31
Because they are the Mariners I think they will sink in the near future.⚓

chopra777 added 13:36 - Dec 31
Because they are the Mariners I think they will sink in the near future.⚓

Marinersnose added 13:41 - Dec 31
PH come and get some New Year bargains. Nsiala, Donacien and company all can be made available to such a good chap.

Tufty added 13:42 - Dec 31
Like we care

alanmason added 13:57 - Dec 31
Keeping Doig as his Number 2 makes his judgement very questionable

RegencyBlue added 14:36 - Dec 31
We would have ended up relegated under Evans at some point anyway but this guy accelerated the process big style.

Can’t forgive him for that!

runningout added 16:54 - Dec 31
Hurst was badly judged to be given job, and things have been like this for too long. Our owner needs the right advice and is way off getting it. As things stand now we are a average League 1 club with little direction

therein61 added 17:01 - Dec 31
Hurst's main problem is Doig, he lost him his job here after ruining players with his parade ground bullying he's supposed to be a coach but he's just so far out of date.

BettyBlue added 17:07 - Dec 31
I'd have preferred to sack Chambers and Skuse and have stuck with Hurst.

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