Ipswich aim to appoint Paul Hurst as new boss in next 48 hours

Ipswich hope to appoint Paul Hurst as their new manager within the next 48 hours, according to Sky sources.

The Sky Bet Championship side have been searching for a new manager since the departure of Mick McCarthy in April.

Ipswich confirmed on Monday that they had been granted permission to speak to Hurst having agreed a compensation package with Shrewsbury, who were defeated 2-1 by Rotherham in the League One play-off final on Sunday.

Sky Sports News understands Ipswich officials have been surprised by accusations from Shrewsbury chief executive Brian Caldwell that the Suffolk club made an illegal approach for Hurst.

“I got a call yesterday (Monday) morning at ten-to-ten from Paul’s agent which was a bit of a surprise to us, saying that he had had an approach from Ipswich wanting to speak to him and, in the meantime he had spoken to Paul who had intimated he would like to talk to Ipswich – we found out after that,” Caldwell told local media.

Sky Sports News understands Ipswich were keen not to make an approach for Hurst while Shrewsbury were still competing for promoting.

They are also happy that no direct approach for Hurst was made and that all EFL regulations were followed.