Paul Hurst had a flying start to his managerial career, achieving promotions with his first three clubs.
He began as part of a double act with former Rotherham teammate Rob Scott, earning two promotions to the Conference North in two seasons, first with Ilkeston Town, and then with Boston United after Ilkeston suffered financial problems.
The success continued at his next club – Conference National side Grimsby – and after Scott was dismissed due to gross misconduct, Hurst won promotion to League Two as sole manager of The Mariners, via the play-offs in 2016.
Shrewsbury secured his services the following season, and after securing safety for the struggling Shropshire side, achieved yet more success, going on to reach the play-off final the following season with a budget towards the bottom end of the division.
Unfortunately, after securing a move to Ipswich at the beginning of last season, Hurst failed to replicate the success of his previous jobs, and was sacked by November with The Tractor Boys cut adrift at the foot of the table.
The former Rotherham stalwart found himself back in a job for this season though, being appointed as manager of Grimsby’s rivals Scunthorpe, after Stuart McCall’s sacking towards the end of the last season.
Unfortunately for the Sheffield-born manager, despite getting a good win at home to Northampton on Saturday, he still finds himself under significant pressure again, with just two wins in 12 games seeing The Iron languishing just three points above bottom-placed Morecambe.
Given the Lincolnshire side’s struggles, it is looking like a tough task to turn Scunthorpe’s season around and get his managerial career back on track.
However, former Grimsby striker Greg Pearson, who was signed by Hurst, still thinks his former boss can turn things around at Scunthorpe.
Indeed, when asked about what he thinks about The Iron’s start to the season, Pearson told Football League World exclusively:
“I’m very surprised by their start.
“Clearly Paul has had a long injury list to deal with, but it looks like the injuries are starting to clear up now and I’d back Scunthorpe to rise up the table.
”Whilst I didn’t have the most productive time at Grimsby, I was still impressed with the way he went about his job and I liked the way he coached.
“He was a different manager to most of those I’d played under in the past, but I was impressed with the way he talked to each player, recognising that different players need different things.
”I’m surprised he wasn’t a success at Ipswich, and he’s clearly got a tough job at Scunthorpe.
“But there was evidently problems there last year which take time to fix, and I’m confident he can turn it around soon.”