The Tractor Boys have been given permission to speak to the 43-year-old by Shrewsbury Town.
Hurst has transformed the League One outfit from relegation fodder into promotion candidates during his 18 months in charge, and guided them to the play-off final this season; a match they lost 2-1 to Rotherham.
Ipswich’s official Twitter account today said that the club has agreed a compensation package with Shrewsbury and the East Anglian Daily Times reports that personal talks will begin once Hurst has returned from a family holiday.
And Ipswich fans seem pleased with the potential appointment:
Was my number 1 choice from day 1. Jack Ross was appealing but Paul Hurst just ticks all the boxes. Please don’t balls this up #itfc— Jack (@jackrobertray) May 29, 2018
Promotion next year? Well an anagram of Paul Hurst’s name is…— Renegade Statman Ⓜ️ (@chompx3) May 28, 2018
Ultra Push #ITFC
Jack Ross – Management stats— Jason Smith (@DuffManDuffBeer) May 25, 2018
Games – 114 – Win % 48.25
Paul Hurst – Managemnt stats
Games – 513 – Win % 50.3
Hurst has more experience & knows the English leagues better so I think Evans is right to be targeting/waiting for Hurst.
Good things & all that #itfc
Anyone that says Paul Hurst isn’t a good manager is blind, led Grimsby back into the football league, took over Shrewsbury when they were rock bottom and kept them up and the following season got them to the play off final after being favourites to be relegated! #itfc— Josh Turner (@joshturner0708) May 28, 2018
PAUL HURST BLUE AND WHITE ARMY— Jamie Hume (@itsjamiehume) May 29, 2018
While Hurst may not be the biggest household name, it is refreshing to see Ipswich give a young, home-grown manager the chance of proving himself at a higher level.
Hurst managed to turn Shrewsbury’s fortunes in just 18 months, and Ipswich fans will hope that he can do the same at Portman Road after an inconsistent 2017/18 Championship campaign which saw them finish in 12th.