Ex-Robins boss Hurst takes Shrews job

Ilkeston Town Team h/s

Paul Hurst
Ilkeston Town Team h/s Paul Hurst

Former Robins boss Paul Hurst has been named manager of League One strugglers Shrewsbury Town.

Hurst, who enjoyed a brief stay at the New Manor Ground in 2009, left his post at Grimsby Town on Monday to take up the hot seat at Shrewsbury.

Hurst has a growing reputation in the game having achieved promotion at the three clubs he has taken charge of since starting out in management.

After taking over Ilkeston in January 2009, he and joint-manager Rob Scott lifted the Robins from ninth to second in the Northern Premier League.

Promotion to the Conference North was secured via the play-offs before the pair moved on to Boston United that summer and matched the achievements.

A play-off win completed a treble of trophies that season, having already won the NPL Challenge Cup and Lincolnshire Senior Cup.

It came as no surprise that the pair attracted suitors from higher up the football pyramid and they resigned to take over at Grimsby in March 2011.

The Mariners had been relegated from League Two and had sacked Neil Woods with the club suffering a mid-season slump.

Following unsuccessful play-off campaigns, and Scott leaving the club, Hurst guided Grimsby back to the Football League in May of this year.

His side have shown they can compete at the step up and currently sit eighth in the fourth tier outside the play-off places on goal difference alone.

A statement on the Grimsby Town official website read: “We wish to place on record our thanks to Paul for all he has done for the club since his appointment in March 2011.

“He will forever be remembered as the manager who successfully saw the return of this club to the Football League. He leaves the club in a strong position and we wish him well for the future.

“Assistant manager Chris Doig will be joining Paul at Shrewsbury Town and again we thank Chris for his work for the club.”

Shrewsbury have been without a manager since October 6 when Micky Mellon left to take over National League side Tranmere Rovers.

And former Rotherham United defender, Hurst, will set about the challenge of guiding the Shrews away from the bottom of the table.

His task begins with an away trip to Southend United on Saturday, with the Shrews six points from safety after 15 games.