Paul Hurst: Shrewsbury Town name Grimsby Town boss as new manager

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Hurst to bring fresh ideas to Shrewsbury

League One's bottom club Shrewsbury Town have appointed Grimsby Town boss Paul Hurst as their new manager.

Shrewsbury had been in talks with Hurst for several days after making an approach for the 42-year-old former Rotherham United full-back.

Hurst, who left Boston to join Grimsby in March 2011, initially as joint manager with Rob Scott, won promotion back to the Football League in May.

He succeeds Micky Mellon at Shrewsbury, who have not won in nine league games.

Hurst will be joined at Greenhous Meadow by his Grimsby assistant, Chris Doig.

Shrewsbury, who have won only twice in the league this season, have been managerless since Mellon left on 7 October to take over at National League side Tranmere Rovers.

The club are bottom of the table, six points adrift of 20th place ahead of Hurst's first match in charge on Saturday at Southend.

Analysis

BBC Radio Shropshire's sports editor James Bond:

Hurst fits the bill Shrewsbury were demanding - a young manager with drive and ambition.

After promotion with Grimsby last season, he has already taken them into League Two's top six.

He will provide a much-needed morale boost at Shrewsbury, who have slumped to four defeats in a row since Mellon's exit.

It will also perk up Town fans, who were not slow in expressing their frustrations after Saturday's 4-2 home defeat by Northampton.