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Shrewsbury reappoint their former manager and ex-Grimsby, Ipswich, Scunthorpe boss

Shrewsbury Town reappoint their former manager and ex-Grimsby, Ipswich, Scunthorpe boss Paul Hurst as replacement for Matt Taylor.

Hurst had previously a two year stint for Salop between October 2016 to June 2018, but is back at his old club tasked with keeping them in the division.

This comes following a run of seven losses in the last eight games which saw the club wave goodbye to their former head coach Matt Taylor, who.

Shrewsbury currently sit 20th in the League One table, with 30 points from 28 games played, and 4 points above the drop zone with Reading, who beat Derby in midweek, having a game in hand while 22nd place Cheltenham, on 23 points, have two games in hand.


Shrewsbury Town are delighted to confirm Paul Hurst has returned to the club as head coach.

The 49-year-old enjoyed huge success when first appointed Town boss in October 2016. 

In his first season with the club, Hurst steered the club off of the bottom of the League One table and to safety. 

Then in his second season, he guided us to a third-placed finish in League One and to the play-off final. 

That year also saw a second trip to Wembley as we headed to the home of football to contest the EFL Trophy final. 

Hurst returns to the club alongside his assistant Chris Doig. 

Hurst and Doig have been appointed by director of football Micky Moore and chairman Roland Wycherley MBE. 

Moore said: “It was a tough decision to part company with both Matt Taylor and Marcus Bignot. 

“Both of them did their best to bring results to the football club. 

“But following the game at Peterborough, I sat down with the chairman, and we decided a change was needed for us to move forward. 

“Once that was agreed I presented a shortlist of names to the chairman – following the same procedure as when we appointed Matt. 

“I recommended Paul Hurst would be the standout candidate and the chairman agreed. 

“Having managed against Paul since 2009, we have a long-standing relationship. 

“I have followed his career carefully over the years and the discussions we have held over the last few days have been really positive. 

“I look forward to having a great working relationship with both Paul and Chris going forward. 

“We are delighted they have decided to return to the football club. They both enjoyed an outstanding time here previously and we are looking forward to welcoming them back.” 

This is what fans said as Shrewsbury reappoint their former manager and ex-Grimsby, Ipswich, Scunthorpe boss Paul Hurst…

@ChrisGray94: I won’t lie, this feels so wrong but so right at the same time.

@ConnorSwales69: He’ll do well for you, Change was needed at the time at Grimsby but you know what your gonna get with Hursty and I think 95% of our fanbase will wish him nothing but success for what he brought to us

@j86southpaw: There’s a lot right with this, and there’s a lot of concern about his history after us. However, it’s a feel good appointment we can all get behind that only reappointing Graham Turner could rival. Let’s get behind him and hope he can deliver the goods 💪🏻 #salop

@GrimsbyBoy1984: Good luck Paul most wish you well from #GTFC

@jtravis007: Welcome back Hursty!!! So many great memories flooding back #salop 🔷🔶

@WillFarr12: Still a bit sour on how he left but all will be forgot if he can turn this around. PHBA 💙💛

@tombarr110384: The King has returned!!! Welcome back Paul Hurst 🔷🔶

@FollowTheTown1: Welcome back Paul Hurst 👍

@SJ_Barrick: Go and prove all those people who say you’re not a League standard manager, are boring and stubborn, completely wrong again Hursty.

@StandingAlone77: Failing upwards. Horribly overrated at the EFL level. Had one good season in about 5.

@Cam3Evans: Absolutely delighted! There was only one manager we could get and this was it! He knows the club and knows what it takes to keep us in the division. The season starts now! So happy with this

@RuytonShrew: So, so happy! You’re going to have to work really hard to convince me this was all Micky Moore’s idea, though, Shrewsbury! 🤥

@BurrowsAbout: Hurst and Doig back then. Worst kept secret! Be interesting to see the fan reaction if results and performances don’t start improving soon – hopefully a step in the right direction #Salop

@Goughy_27: Make him manager, not head coach

@alewis36: Welcome back Hursty Let’s go 💙💛

@coolasyoulike: Great news so glad he is back where he belongs in football Management – Good Luck PH

@Jonnie365: massive step backwards, all because town fans can’t let go of a freak season. Why do we keep appointing sacked L2 managers

@Mikoo1998: Absolutely delighted for him. Will always be a legend at Grimsby and hope he can make good memories for you guys second time round like he did with us

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