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Ipswich Town fan Joey Sadler was very pleased with what Paul Hurst had to say




Paul Hurst's appointment was greeted with positivity and praise by most Town fans, who have been calling out for a man of his nature for some time.

The past few seasons have included this desire for a 'young, ambitious manager who plays entertaining football'. And after many weeks of uncertainty, Ipswich Town finally got their man.

For web - Joseph (Joey) Sadler Ipswich Town columnist Portman Road. (2524322)
For web - Joseph (Joey) Sadler Ipswich Town columnist Portman Road. (2524322)

There was a lot to smile about during Hurst's first press conference yesterday lunchtime, as he appeared humble, calm and ambitious when answering the questions fired at him.

The former Shrewsbury manager re-iterated his hard-working, aggressive, pressing philosophy, with-or-without the ball, as well as his desire to play good, passing, exciting football with wingers at the forefront of this.

This particular department has held back Town recently, with wide men perhaps more focused on their defensive duties, as apposed to getting forward. And I think all Town fans will welcome the idea of having a rejuvenated, refreshed wide-play approach.

It also feels good to be included, as Hurst referenced the Portman Road faithful several times and mentioned his plans to 'get them off their seats' with the football on show, whilst maintaining the desire to press, pass, retain the ball and of course, win football matches.

Mick McCarthy undoubtedly, never lost the dressing room, in-fact I think it was the polar opposite, with players far too comfortable as they continued to be praised even after some truly poor performances. And this could be something the lads find most difficult under this new regime.

Hurst comes across as no-nonsense, with his assistant Chris Doig certainly not someone you'd like to meet down a dark alley and with pre-season already being deemed as 'extremely tough', the players are not in for a easy summer.

For too long the club has been stuck in a rut, seemingly drifting away and being forgotten about and finally, after many forgettable years, the time has come for a change.

Now I'm not envisaging immediate success from this new reign and understandably, it's going to take Paul Hurst and his team, but also the players time to adapt to this new system.

But all the fans wanted was hope, desire and ambition back at their football club, with a long-term goal at the end of it. And now we have it.

Credit must go to owner Marcus Evans, who this year has; faced the fans, answered their questions truthfully, reduced season ticket prices and stuck to his word in appointing a manager with the skill set the majority wanted.

Barring the inevitable disappointing England World Cup campaign, this summer is proving very excited for everybody associated with Ipswich Town Football Club.



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