Shrewsbury Town boss Paul Hurst has dismissed speculation that he could be the replacement for Carlos Carvalhal at his boyhood club Sheffield Wednesday.
Hurst has done a magnificent job with the League One side and despite many expecting a relegation battle, The Shrews are currently occupying an automatic promotion spot as we head into the second half of the season.
That hasn’t gone unnoticed and the Sheffield-born manager was installed as one of the early favourites for the Hillsborough vacancy after news of Carvalhal’s sacking broke.
However, speaking to the Shropshire Star, Hurst insists his only focus is on Shrewsbury.
“I know about the speculation because when the manager was sacked my wife’s phone was going mad – she wondered what was going on. But that’s just friends that would like to see me at their hometown football club.”
“It’s a massive club that I would love to see in the Premier League again. But there’s nothing in it as far as I’m concerned. I’m certainly fully-focused on going to Southend and getting another result.”
Hurst deserves to be linked with a job the size of Wednesday because the work he has done at the New Meadow is outstanding.
Given his love of the club you get the impression that even though he is playing things down it would be a dream move for the manager.
The Owls have seen how important it can be to have a manager who connects with the club and the fans just across the city and they could do a lot worse than trying to replicate that with Hurst, who looks ready to step up to the Championship.
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