Scunthorpe United have confirmed the appointment of former Shrewsbury and Ipswich boss Paul Hurst as their new manager.
The club also confirmed that Chris Doig will join Hurst at Glanford Park as his assistant and that temporary boss and club legend Andy Dawson will remain at the club in a coaching capacity.
The club has struggled to find a successful manager since they surprisingly sacked Graham Alexander when fifth in League One towards the end of the 2017/2018 season, with both Nick Daws and Stuart McCall lasting less than a year in the job.
A disastrous season just ended in final day relegation to League Two after a controversial defeat at Plymouth Argyle. Caretaker boss Dawson failed to win a game after McCall’s dismissal in March.
Scunthorpe director Chris Swann soon posted a warm welcome to Hurst and Doig on his Twitter account provoking some telling reactions from the Iron fans.
Swann’s father Peter is the owner and chairman of the club, and while supporters were generally delighted with the appointment, they were also keen to stress to Swann that the board should leave Hurst to get on with the job. Many also pressed home the need for stability after what has been a managerial merry-go-round at Glanford Park over the last few years.
Judging by the responses, it appears the key to the success of this appointment may well be Hurst’s ability to manage his relationship with the Swann family as much as his ability to get results on the pitch.
Here is a selection of the responses to the tweet.
First great signing of many we hope! Back him and support him, but let him get on with the job in hand. No interfering please #UTI
— Tracey Bailey (@derbyirons) May 13, 2019
Foot in the right direction Chris. Let’s have some longevity with him at the helm ??
— matty☁️ (@_mattyholt) May 13, 2019
great appointment but please now tell your dad lets have some stability and not sack him if we dont win for 6 games . let Paul be the man for some good season's
— Will Cunningham (@willshorty87) May 13, 2019
Your dad always delivers what fans want it’s the appointments that let own club down not the old fella lol
— micky iron (@mickyiron) May 13, 2019
Great signing, a positive move… Well done to all who got him on board. #UTI
— Daz Reevell (@iRunSometimes) May 13, 2019
I just hope he can deliver with us first time attempt to win Promotion to L1 & do well
Am not sure about Hurst but his history very good I will backing with him #uti Thanks for your hard work this one Swanny ?⚽️
— Claret And Blue Blood Iron??⚽️ (@markgravill14) May 13, 2019
Yes welcome to them. Now they can set about restoring the pride in the shirt.
— Paul Woodham (@thumpermaxie) May 13, 2019
Class that. If the going gets tough, we need to stick by this one. The smelly twats from down the road did, and eventually got their rewards. Buzzing. #UTI
— Ross William Gibson (@RossGibson1992) May 13, 2019