Ipswich Town are set to name Paul Hurst as their new manager regardless of whether he wins promotion with Shrewsbury Town later today, according to the print edition of The Sun on Sunday via the Paper Talk page on Sky Sports News.
Shrewsbury take on Rotherham United at Wembley later today for a place in the Sky Bet Championship.
Hurst has guided his side to third place in League One, having steered them away from relegation the year before, and now he has a chance to add a promotion to his impressive managerial CV.
But the 43-year-old is set to depart Shrewsbury if they stay down or go up.
Ipswich have identified him as their top target, having missed on Jack Ross, who joined Sunderland instead.
The Tractor Boys have been looking for a new manager for the first time in six years after parting ways with Mick McCarthy earlier in the season.
They are expected to finalise their chase by appointing Hurst.
If Hurst does get poached by Ipswich as expected, Shrewsbury want David Hopkin to replace him, according to respected football journalist Alan Nixon on Twitter.
The Livingston manager has led his side to back-to-back promotions to the Scottish Premiership in the past two years.
Hurst is one of the most highly rated young managers in the division and it is time Ipswich took a bit of a gamble on someone like him rather than sticking with the tried and tested old heads.
While McCarthy stabilised the club and guaranteed a mid-table finish, Ipswich fans will be dreaming of a long-awaited Premier League return.
Even if Shrewsbury go up, Hurst has a better chance of becoming a top flight manager sooner if he takes the Ipswich job.
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