Paul Hurst

Paul Michael Hurst (born 25 September 1974) is an English football manager and former player who is the manager of League Two club Grimsby Town.

Paul Hurst
Personal information
Full name Paul Michael Hurst
Date of birth (1974-09-25) 25 September 1974 (age 46)
Place of birth Sheffield, England
Position(s) Left back
Club information
Current team
Grimsby Town
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–2008 Rotherham United 438 (13)
2008Burton Albion (loan) 17 (0)
Total 455 (13)
Teams managed
2009 Ilkeston Town (Joint with Rob Scott)
2009–2011 Boston United (Joint with Rob Scott)
2011–2013 Grimsby Town (Joint with Rob Scott)
2013–2016 Grimsby Town
2016–2018 Shrewsbury Town
2018 Ipswich Town
2019–2020 Scunthorpe United
2020– Grimsby Town
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 09:39, 30 May 2018 (GMT)

As a player, he was a defender from 1993 to 2008, notably playing his entire career at Rotherham United, bar a brief loan spell with Burton Albion in his final year as a player.

After retiring from the playing side of the sport in 2008, he became joint manager with former teammate Rob Scott at Ilkeston Town, then Boston United before joining Grimsby Town in 2011. In the 2015–16 National League, he led Grimsby to promotion via the play-offs. Hurst moved on to become manager of Shrewsbury Town in October 2016, and saved the club from relegation from League One in his first season, while taking them to the EFL Trophy and League One play-off finals in 2018. He left to join Ipswich Town in May 2018, but was sacked in October after a poor start to the season. He joined Scunthorpe United in May 2019 but was sacked in January 2020.

Playing careerEdit

During his time at Rotherham, Hurst featured regularly on the left side of the back four. He played over 430 league matches for Rotherham United.[citation needed]

He featured in the team that became champions of the Football League Trophy in April 1996, which resulted in a 2–1 win against Shrewsbury Town at Wembley Stadium.[1]

Hurst signed a new two-year contract at Rotherham in 2004, keeping him at the club until June 2006.[2]

On 15 February 2008, Hurst joined Conference National side Burton Albion on a one-month loan to regain his fitness after injury and extended the loan for a second month.[3] He was released by Rotherham after 15 years at the club, at the end of the 2007–08 season.[4] In 2008, Hurst stated that he wanted to return to Rotherham as part of the backroom staff in the future.[5] Hurst had a trial at Mansfield Town but turned down a move before moving into management.[6]

Management careerEdit

Ilkeston TownEdit

Hurst and former Rotherham teammate Rob Scott were appointed joint managers of Northern Premier League Premier Division outfit Ilkeston Town in January 2009 following the departure of David Holdsworth to Mansfield Town.[7] The pair led Ilkeston from 9th in the league to 2nd, and ultimately promotion to the Conference North via the play-offs following a 2–1 victory over Nantwich Town in the final.[8] Afterwards, uncertainty surrounded whether or not they would remain at the helm of the Derbyshire club due to the club's worrying financial position.[citation needed]

Boston UnitedEdit

In May 2009, Hurst and Scott moved to York Street to sign as joint managers of Boston United.[9] In their first season they gained a second successive promotion to the Conference North at the Horsfall Stadium with a 2–1 play-off final victory over Bradford Park Avenue.[10] This completed a treble of trophies in the 2009–10 season as they had already collected the Northern Premier League Challenge Cup[11] and Lincolnshire Senior Shield.[12]

Grimsby TownEdit

On 22 March 2011, both Hurst and Scott resigned from Boston.[13] The following morning they were both announced as the new management team of Grimsby Town, replacing the sacked Neil Woods.[14]

Grimsby, who had suffered relegation from the Football League in the previous season, had hoped for an instant return, but following a mid-season slump this led to the sacking of the previous manager.[15] Hurst and Scott could only salvage an 11th-place finish at the end of the 2010–11 campaign.[citation needed] During the summer months the duo bolstered Grimsby's ranks in order for a promotion push, but were hit by a blow, as previous season's top scorer and Player of the Year Alan Connell left to join Swindon Town.[16] The eventual signing of Liam Hearn[17] was a suitable replacement as he scored 32 times during the 2011–12 season, a year which saw 'The Mariners' slide away out of contention for a play-off spot in the final few months of the season.[citation needed] Grimsby finished 11th in the Conference National.[citation needed]

The 2012–13 season started slowly but by Christmas, Grimsby were top of the league and leading a closely contested pack of Newport County, Wrexham and Forest Green Rovers.[citation needed] On 6 January 2013, speculation about the future of Hurst and Scott at Blundell Park came into light when rumours circulating a potential move to League One side Doncaster Rovers surfaced, Rovers who had lost manager Dean Saunders earlier that day to Wolverhampton Wanderers were rumoured to have placed Hurst and Scott on their managerial shortlist; the rumour was quashed the following day, with Hurst saying that the pair were focused on earning promotion with Grimsby.[18] Grimsby went on to reach the final of the FA Trophy, but were defeated on a penalty shootout after drawing 1–1 with Wrexham at Wembley Stadium. Despite leading the Conference for part of the season, Grimsby dropped off towards the end of the campaign and had to settle for 4th place, eventually losing to Newport County in the play-off semi-finals.[citation needed]

On 6 September 2013, joint manager Rob Scott was suspended due to reasons not revealed by the club, leaving Hurst in sole charge.[19] On 19 September 2013, Grimsby confirmed Scott had been sacked for gross misconduct and that Hurst would remain in sole permanent charge.[20] On 7 January 2014, Hurst signed an improved deal reflecting the fact that he was now sole manager.[21]

Hurst oversaw an overhaul of his squad in the 2014–15 season. In his first full season in charge as sole manager, Hurst signed 7 players on free transfers, along with a total of 10 players on short term (4) and long term (6) loans.[citation needed] Grimsby started the season inconsistently, reaching 11th position with 15 matches played, but after much improvement they ended the campaign in 3rd place, six points behind Conference National champions Barnet.[22]

Hurst clinched promotion with Grimsby in their 3–1 victory over Forest Green Rovers in the 2016 National League play-off Final at Wembley Stadium, seeing Grimsby promoted to League Two after a six-year absence from the Football League.[23][24]

Hurst made his League Two managerial debut with the club on 6 August 2016 in the opening match of the 2016–17 season in Grimsby's 2–0 home victory against Morecambe;[25] the performance led to Hurst winning the Sky Bet EFL Manager of the Week award.[26]

Shrewsbury TownEdit

On 24 October 2016, Shrewsbury Town announced that Hurst and Chris Doig were to take over the manager and assistant manager roles at the club following the departure of Micky Mellon to Tranmere Rovers.[27] Hurst was selected from a field of over 100 candidates,[28] and tasked with steering the club clear from the relegation places, with Shrewsbury sitting bottom of the League One table.[29] His first match in charge was a 1−1 draw away at Southend United, ending a run of four consecutive defeats.[30] A week later, Hurst picked up his first victory as Shrewsbury manager, defeating League Two side Barnet 3−0 in the FA Cup first round at New Meadow in his second match in charge.[31] A point earned in a 1−1 draw away at Swindon Town lifted the club out of the League One relegation places, albeit on goal difference only, for the first time since Hurst was appointed on 7 January 2017.[32] Shrewsbury finished the campaign in 18th place, three places and two points clear of the final relegation place occupied by local rivals Port Vale.[33]

Ipswich TownEdit

On 30 May 2018, Hurst was announced as manager of Ipswich Town. Hurst and his assistant Chris Doig signed three-year contracts.[34] Upon his appointment, Hurst was keen to stress that he could work within Ipswich's £3m transfer budget as outlined in the owner's five point plan, and the club's wage bill which was the sixth lowest in the English Championship.[35][dead link][36] Under Hurst, Ipswich made a very poor start to the season, winning just one of their opening 14 games and losing on penalties to League Two side Exeter City in the EFL Cup. Hurst was sacked on 25 October 2018 following a 2–0 defeat at Leeds United with Ipswich bottom of the table. He had been in charge for just under five months, the shortest reign of any manager in the club's history.[37]

Scunthorpe UnitedEdit

On 13 May 2019, Hurst was announced as manager of Scunthorpe United.[38] Hurst was sacked by Scunthorpe on 29 January 2020 after eight months in charge.[39] Scunthorpe chairman Peter Swann said Hurst was sacked because of non-footballing reasons and that the relationship between himself and Hurst had simply broken down.[40]

Return to Grimsby TownEdit

On 30 December 2020, Hurst and Chris Doig returned to Grimsby,[41] signing 18 month contracts and replacing Ian Holloway who had resigned seven days earlier amid talks of a potential takeover at the club.[42]

Broadcasting careerEdit

In the summer of 2008, Hurst graduated from Staffordshire University with a degree in Professional Sports Writing and Broadcasting.[43]

Hurst worked for Rotherham United's Community Sports Trust as Participation Officer.[44]

Personal lifeEdit

Hurst previously worked as a Professional Support Assistant at Rawmarsh Community School in 2010, combining this with his role as joint manager of Boston Utd.[44] Hurst completed his UEFA 'A' Coaching Licence in January 2014, which is widely regarded as one of the highest coaching qualifications in the game.[45] He is married to Melanie and has a daughter Millie and a son Zach.[46]

Managerial statisticsEdit

As of match played 8 May 2021[47][48]
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team From To Record
P W D L Win %
Ilkeston Town (joint with Rob Scott) 15 January 2009 14 May 2009 29 18 6 5 062.1
Boston United (joint with Rob Scott)[49][50] 14 May 2009 22 March 2011 75 45 16 14 060.0
Grimsby Town (joint with Rob Scott) 23 March 2011 19 September 2013 132 59 38 35 044.7
Grimsby Town 19 September 2013 24 October 2016 182 90 46 46 049.5
Shrewsbury Town 24 October 2016 30 May 2018 97 47 23 27 048.5
Ipswich Town 30 May 2018 25 October 2018 15 1 7 7 006.7
Scunthorpe United 13 May 2019 29 January 2020 38 12 10 16 031.6
Grimsby Town 30 December 2020 Present 25 5 8 12 020.0
Total 593 277 154 162 046.7


As a playerEdit

Rotherham United

As a joint managerEdit

Ilkeston Town F.C. (1945)

Boston United

Grimsby Town

As a managerEdit

Grimsby Town

Shrewsbury Town



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