‘We have total respect for Shrewsbury’ - Ipswich Town issue statement following ‘illegal approach’ claim

Paul Hurst is the 16th boss in Town's history. Picture: PA SPORT

Paul Hurst is the 16th boss in Town's history. Picture: PA SPORT - Credit: PA Wire/PA Images

Ipswich Town have issued a statement in response to Shrewsbury Town chairman Brian Caldwell’s claim that the Blues made an ‘illegal approach’ for manager Paul Hurst.

Shrewsbury lost in the League One Play-Off Final to Rotherham on Sunday evening following a remarkable season.

Less than 24 hours later Ipswich and the Shrews released a joint statement – at 9.36pm last night – to say that Town have been given permission to speak to Hurst and that a compensation package had been agreed for both him and assistant Chris Doig.

Caldwell, speaking on BBC Radio Shropshire this morning, claimed an ‘illegal approach’, expressed his disappointment and said ‘I don’t think that’s the right way to go about it’.

In response, Ipswich Town issued a brief club statement. It reads: “We have total respect for Shrewsbury but feel we have conducted ourselves under EFL guidelines. We have also agreed an attractive compensation package with Shrewsbury should Paul become Ipswich Town manager.”

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