'Players will be judged from day one but I know I will be as well' - Hurst ready for Ipswich challenge
PUBLISHED: 10:16 30 May 2018 | UPDATED: 10:16 30 May 2018
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Paul Hurst knows he will be under the microscope from day one after being appointed manager of Ipswich Town.
The former Shrewsbury manager was announced as the club’s next boss this morning, signing a three-year deal along with assistant Chris Doig.
He arrives at Portman Road knowing he will be leading a side at a financial disadvantage to many in the Championship, but believes it’s his job to play to his side’s strengths and find a way to win.
Hurst also knows he will need to hit the ground running, but stressed his players must do the same as he assesses the squad at his disposal.
“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,” Hurst said.
“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.”
Hurst will begin work in ernest following his return from a family holiday in Dubai.