Hurst ready for Ipswich challenge

30 May 2018 05:07:41 EST

Paul Hurst said he can't wait to take on the "big challenge" of trying to guide Ipswich Town to promotion after taking over as manager.

The 43-year-old has penned a three-year deal to succeed Mick McCarthy at Portman Road just three days after his former club Shrewsbury Town lost the League One play-off final 2-1 after extra-time against Rotherham at Wembley on Sunday.

Hurst, who has had successful stints as a manager with Ilkeston Town and Boston, who he secured promotion with in non-League, before he ended Grimsby's six-year absence from the Football League in 2016.

He took over the Shrews in October 2016 and kept them in League One, before sealing a third-placed finish last season despite them being tipped for relegation last summer.

I've got to assess the squad and see where we can add to it and then look to move us forward and help get us to where we all want to be - the promised land as they say!

Paul Hurst

Hurst will now step up another level and look to defy the odds again by helping Ipswich return to "the promised land" of the Premier League as they are about to embark on a 17th season in the second tier.

He told the club's website: "There are some massive clubs at this level, many of them having recently been in the Premier League, so I know it’s going to be a big challenge but it's one I can’t wait to take on.

"We have got to try and bridge whatever gaps exist between us and our competition. It's certainly not all about money. I have found a way before to play to our strengths and making the most of our potential and that will be the aim here, to focus and build on what we can do better than others. We will take it head on.

"The team has enjoyed some success and there are good players here. From what I have seen, there are some promising youngsters as well. It’s my job to help them develop.

"I've got to assess the squad and see where we can add to it and then look to move us forward and help get us to where we all want to be - the promised land as they say!

"First impressions will be important. Players will be judged from day one but I know I will be as well. I’ve not managed at this level before so I have something to prove as well."

Ipswich are 4500/1 to be promoted from the Championship in 2018-19, while they are priced at 1/2000 to be relegated.

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