Former Ilkeston boss Hurst gets Ipswich Town job

Paul Hurst in his Rotherham days.
Paul Hurst in his Rotherham days.

Former Ilkeston Town player/manager Paul Hurst has been named as the new boss of Sky Bet Championship side Ipswich Town.

Hurst led Shrewsbury Town to the League One play-off final where they were beaten 2-1 by Rotherham United last weekend.

But he was immediately linked with the vacancy at Portman Road and confirmed in the role on Wednesday.

Hurst told the Ipswich Town official website: “I’d like to thank Shrewsbury for giving me the chance to manage at League One level.

“It was an unbelievable season and just disappointing that we couldn’t cap it off in the way we would have liked to.

“I had an excellent relationship with everyone at the club and I’d like to wish Shrewsbury the best of fortunes but when this opportunity came up, it was just too good to turn down.

“Ipswich are a big football club when you think of the stature and history it has in the game. When I was just starting to watch football I can remember the likes of Mills, Burley, Wark and Cooper and what a great team they had.

“The club has a great reputation and always looks to be well run and I’m delighted to now be part of Ipswich Town, with an opportunity to make our own history.

“I’m ambitious and I can’t wait to get going and test myself at a higher level. The building blocks are here and it’s my job to move the Club forward. I’ll be doing my absolute best to do that.”

Hurst guided Ilkeston Town to play-off final glory in 2010 when joint-manager along with Rob Scott. The duo had replaced David Holdsworth as manager at the turn of that year.