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Paul Hurst: Ipswich Town sack manager after just five months in charge

Paul Hurst has left Ipswich Town. Credit: PA

Ipswich Town have confirmed that they have parted company with manager Paul Hurst after just five months in charge.

The 44-year-old only took over at Portman Road in May but has now been relieved of his duties after picking up just one win in 14 Championship games.

Hurst leaves the Blues bottom of the table and four points from safety following a 2-0 defeat at Leeds United on Wednesday night.

His only victory came at Swansea City earlier this month and his tenure of just 149 days is the shortest in Ipswich's history.

Former Norwich City boss Paul Lambert has been heavily linked with replacing Hurst, with owner Marcus Evans confirming that he will look to appoint a manager "with experience".

Bryan Klug, who also had a spell in caretaker charge after Mick McCarthy left the club at the end of last season, will once again look after the team for Saturday's match at fellow strugglers Millwall.

Ipswich are currently bottom of The Championship. Credit: ITV News Anglia

“I have decided that it is in the best interests of the Football Club that we appoint a new manager to take us forward,” Evans said.

“I would like to thank Paul and Chris for their efforts and we wish them well for the future but after 14 matches we find ourselves bottom of the Championship and with only one win this season.

“Paul’s arrival here in the summer was welcomed by us all and we worked tirelessly to support him fully with his plans for player recruitment, training methodology and backroom staff. But unfortunately those plans haven’t turned into positive results, which is why I have had to take this decision today.

“The core of our Club remains strong and it is that which has helped us create a highly competitive team in the Championship over the last five or six years.

"This group of experienced players along with the additions we made to the squad this summer of younger developing talent, plus the ongoing progression of players from our Academy means the new manager will have a solid group to work with and build for the future.

“I am determined that we develop a team to play attractive and exciting football.

“We have a stable and talented coaching team in place at Ipswich and Bryan Klug will step up and take temporary charge of the first-team for Saturday’s trip to Millwall.

“I am actively looking to appoint a new manager as soon as possible with experience, who will embrace the long term vision we all have for the Club and who can deliver the success that every Ipswich Town supporter craves.”

Paul Lambert had a hugely successful period in charge of Norwich. Credit: PA

Lambert has been out of work since he left Stoke City by mutual consent in May, and is fondly remembered by Norwich fans for leading them to back-to-back promotions from League One to The Premier League in 2010 and 2011.

During his time at Carrow Road, he also masterminded 4-1 and 5-1 victories over Ipswich in their promotion-winning season from The Championship.