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CEO on Hurst departure

30 May 2018

Brian Caldwell talks about Paul Hurst's move to Ipswich Town

Shrewsbury Town CEO, Brian Caldwell, is pleased that the situation surrounding the future of Paul Hurst has been concluded.

Hurst joined Ipswich Town this morning on a three-year deal, just three days after the conclusion of the 2017/18 season.

Town first heard of Ipswich’s interest on Monday morning and Brian is pleased with the swift outcome.

“We got word last night that it was potentially going to be announced today”, said Caldwell.

“From my point of view it’s important that we move on. I think it was important that we got a conclusion to this as quickly as we possibly could, so that we can move on with our own process, because until such time as Paul had agreed things with Ipswich, we were a bit in limbo.

“I’m pleased that Paul has got that all settled and now we can move on and look after the best interests of Shrewsbury Town Football Club.”

The last couple of days have been difficult with Paul leaving so suddenly but Caldwell was quick to praise Hurst for his impact over the last year-and-a-half.

“Paul’s done a great job in his 18-months here”, Brian said.

“I said at the beginning when we got Paul that we wanted somebody that was ambitious and could perhaps take the club on and do well, and he’s certainly done that over his time with the club.

“It’s been a disappointing end because of the way it was handled on Monday, but we just need to get over that now and at the end of the day all I’m looking out for is the best interests of the football club.”

Caldwell also confirmed to ShrewsWeb that they had made a profit on the departures of Hurst and Doig, who had previously joined the club from Grimsby Town.

“We paid a reasonable amount of money from Grimsby to get Paul here in the first place because we felt he was the right man to take the club on, which obviously has been proven with the season we’ve just had”, Brian continued.

“At the end of the day, all I’m trying to do is negotiate the best package for the football club, so that we make profit on what we spent to get Paul and Chris here in the first place.”

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