Ipswich Town owner Marcus Evans faces a major decision as he looks to find a replacement for Mick McCarthy who left the club last month.
Whilst there was a lot of unhappiness from a section of the supporters over the style of play, few could argue that the former Ireland manager did a great job in terms of results over the years.
Therefore, the new boss will have a big challenge as they look to match those results whilst encouraging a more stylish approach.
And, it appears the Tractor Boys are targeting an exciting up-and-coming manager as Shrewsbury’s Paul Hurst and St. Mirren’s Jack Ross are two of the favourites for the job.
As our graphic shows, both managers have proven themselves to be very capable with impressive results.
Hurst has worked his way through the divisions in England and his job at Shrewsbury this season has been magnificent with Salop one game from the Championship.
Meanwhile, Ross has just taken St. Mirren back to the Scottish Premiership after an outstanding campaign which saw him land the PFA Scotland Manager of the Year ahead of Brendan Rodgers.
Both managers would see Ipswich as a step up and they would be eager to prove themselves at a higher level which is good for the Suffolk side.
As mentioned, playing in a more attractive way is a key factor and that may jsut give Ross the advantage, with the Buddies the top scorers in the Scottish Championship whereas Shrewsbury’s success has been built on a solid defence.
However, Hurst’s record of 1.7 points per game as a manager can’t be dismissed and he has shown time and time again he can adapt.
Ultimately, these are two superb candidates for the Ipswich job and if one of these pair end up in the job it would be a great appointment from Evans.
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