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‘Hurst is here to build something, there is finally a plan’

Paul Hurst is the man leading the Ipswich Town revolution

Paul Hurst is the man leading the Ipswich Town revolution

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Sport Editor Mark Heath on the new era at Ipswich Town – and why fans should be excited.

Paul Hurst and assistant Chris Doig want their players to be superfit and play pressing football. Picture: STEVE WALLERPaul Hurst and assistant Chris Doig want their players to be superfit and play pressing football. Picture: STEVE WALLER

A Blue dawn.

Makes for a nice front page for us, of course, but in reality the concept runs far deeper than just an eye-catching graphic on the front of our kick-off supplement.

Because it truly feels like there’s something new and exciting happening at Portman Road, that a new era is actually beginning. And boy, did we need it.

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Ellis Harrison is one of Paul Hurst's new signings at Ipswich Town. Picture: STEVE WALLEREllis Harrison is one of Paul Hurst's new signings at Ipswich Town. Picture: STEVE WALLER

Forgive me for briefly mentioning the ghost of Christmas past, Mr Michael McCarthy. Big Mick – whatever you think of him now – did an excellent job in his first couple of seasons at Town, transforming a side which sat rock bottom of the league into play-off participants.

Indeed, we had a picture of Mick’s smiling face with the words HOPE emblazoned beneath it on our kick-off pull-out before that remarkable play-off season. Exciting times then, too.

But of course, as it turned out, things all went a little sour and stale, and grumpy old Mick talked his way out of the door at Portman Road, dropping the mic as he stropped off stage left.

Marcus Evans promised us a new way in that long-awaited video address and, after a manager search which felt longer than the season itself, we had our new man – Paul ‘Hollywood’ Hurst. I call him Hollywood because of those cracking teeth, by the way – hopefully it will also be reflected in his big screen worthy football.

Janoi Donacien has arrived from Accrington Stanley. Photo: ITFCJanoi Donacien has arrived from Accrington Stanley. Photo: ITFC

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And this does all feel a bit different, doesn’t it? Hurst, though similar to Mick in many ways – blunt, Yorkshire roots, careful with cash and pragmatic – is also excitingly refreshing.

A man who embraces sports science, is willing to shake things up to build a young and hungry team, who won’t play favourites and – crucially – sees Town as a step up in his career, not just another stop along the managerial merry-go-round.

Hurst is here to build something, there is finally a plan. It may take time, but it is exciting. A Blue dawn indeed.

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Watch match highlights as Ipswich Town secure their first victory under Paul Lambert.

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Andy Warren hands out his player grades following Ipswich Town’s 1-0 victory over Wigan yesterday.

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Ipswich Town fans have been giving their reactions to today’s 1-0 win over Wigan at Portman Road...

Paul Lambert always felt his first win as Ipswich manager would be a scruffy one, with the Scot proud of his players after they saw out seven minutes of stoppage time to secure three points against Wigan.

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