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Hurst: It's a club I feel I can take forward

14 May 2019

It's been a busy day at Glanford Park, as Paul Hurst arrived at the club to give his first interview since becoming the new Scunthorpe United boss.

The 44-year-old got to know his surroundings and said he was thrilled to be back in management with the Iron, as he aims to take United back to League One next season. 

Speaking to iFollow Iron following his first morning at Glanford Park, Hurst can't wait to get started in the colours of claret and blue.

"I'm delighted," Hurst said. "I'm excited to be back in work and at a football club I feel I can take forward and where I hope we can have some good times. 

"Conversations had taken place and I'm happy it's now been finalised. I got the call from the chairman, we had a chat and I liked what he was saying. 

"I feel as though this is a good fit for me. I know a few people at the club already, the likes of Lee Turnbull (Head of Recruitment) and Russ Wilcox (Under 23s manager), so they will help me settle in. 

"I hope to build a lot of good relationships with the people here because we are all in this together."

The Iron suffered relegation to League Two on the final day of the 2018/19 campaign, but Hurst is hopeful his team can put behind the disappointment of last season and move forward into 2019/20.

"It's been a difficult last season for the club, but I hope we can make everyone happy again and bring some of that winning feeling back,” he said.

"Hopefully it'll be a fresh start. I see it as a positive move where I hope we can be at the right end of the table and challenge. It'll be a very competitive league, but I'm here to make sure we try and build something special."

Hurst arrives in Scunthorpe alongside assistant manager Chris Doig.

The 38-year-old former Scotland centre-back played under Hurst at Grimsby, before hanging up his boots to become part of the management staff. 

While there, they enjoyed promotion to the EFL.

Doig then followed Hurst to Shrewsbury, when the duo made the switch in late 2016. During their time at the New Meadow, they ensured survival before getting to the Checkatrade Trophy and League One play-off finals in their first full season.

They then both joined up with Ipswich prior to the start of the 2018/19 campaign. 

Now, back in Lincolnshire, they hope to enjoy more success.

Hurst went on to say: "I've spoken glowingly of Chris (Doig) over the years. I trust he is a massive part of my job as a manager because I can't do everything. 

"We've got a good relationship and I believe that we are on the same page. We certainly are when it comes to the level of hard work and commitment from the players. 

"He (Chris Doig) is dedicated to the role. He watches a lot of games, as do I, especially whilst we've been out of work and that'll continue because that's what we are about. 

"We can't leave anything to chance because we want to give ourselves the best chance we possibly can."

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