Languishing in the division since 2002, Ipswich Town are the perennial Championship club.
Paul Hurst worked a miracle last season at Shrewsbury Town. Here is why he will be a success again at Ipswich Town.
It is no secret that the Tractor Boys won’t have the biggest budget in the Championship next season.
Getting around this issue and still being successful is always difficult, but appointing Paul Hurst, who has experience of doing a great job under a limited budget, may just prove a masterstroke.
Hurst did an excellent job at Grimsby Town, guiding a club stuck in a rut out of Non-League and back into the Football League. His successes in Cleethorpes led him to Shrewsbury. Faced with one of the lowest budgets in the League, Hurst worked miracles at the Shropshire club, nearly masterminding a promotion, and was hot on the heels of automatically promoted Wigan Athletic and Blackburn Rovers for the majority of the season.
The appointment of Hurst signals a new approach from Ipswich Town.
Hurst will likely bring his knowledge of players from the lower leagues, and showcase their talent at a higher level.
The Suffolk club are linked with Blackpool defender Curtis Tilt, a Blackpool defender in excellent form last season, who has already made one major step up in his career, having arrived at Blackpool from Non-League AFC Telford United. This is an example of the inside-out knowledge of Leagues One and Two Hurst possesses, and he will be in a position to cherry pick some of the best talents and bring them to Suffolk.
Names such as Britt Assombalonga, Jamie Vardy and Andre Gray are evidence that giving lower league players the chance to play at a higher level often pays off.
It is an efficient way of bringing talent through the door, without the big transfer fees and wages, which the likes of which Nottingham Forest and Wolverhampton Wanderers have been shelling out in the recent seasons.
Paul Hurst has made a career out of proving people wrong.
He took an under performing Grimsby Town side out of the rut they were in and into the Football League, a written-off Shrewsbury Town side to the brink of promotion.
Who is to say Hurst won’t once again work his magic in Suffolk.