Paul Hurst

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Paul Hurst
Personal information
Full name Paul Michael Hurst
Date of birth (1974-09-25) 25 September 1974 (age 41)
Place of birth Sheffield, England
Height 5 ft 4.5 in (1.64 m)
Playing position Left back
Club information
Current team
Grimsby Town (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–2008 Rotherham United 438 (13)
2008 Burton Albion (loan) 17 (0)
Teams managed
2008–2009 Ilkeston Town (Joint with Rob Scott)
2009–2011 Boston United (Joint with Rob Scott)
2011–2013 Grimsby Town (Joint with Rob Scott)
2013– Grimsby Town

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 04:38, 2 July 2016 (UTC).


Paul Michael Hurst (born 25 September 1974) is an English former professional footballer and manager of League Two side Grimsby Town.

As a player he was a defender from 1993 to 2008, notably playing his entire career for Rotherham United, bar a brief loan spell with Burton Albion in his final year as a player. After retiring from the playing side of the sport in 2008 he became joint manager of Ilkeston Town along with former team mate Rob Scott. The pair later took over Boston United before joining Grimsby in 2011. Hurst holds a UEFA 'A' Coaching Licence.

Playing career[edit]

Rotherham United[edit]

Hurst figured regularly on the left side of the back four and in this position he performed well. He played over 430 games for Rotherham United.

He was in the team that were the champions of the Football League Trophy in April 1996, which resulted in a 2–1 win against Shrewsbury Town, at the Wembley Stadium.[1]

On 6 March 2004 Hurst scored a consolation on 74 minutes in the 1–2 defeat at home to Bradford City, a chipped free-kick over the wall found Hurst to fire home.[2] Hurst signed a new two-year contract in 2004 keeping him at Millmoor until the summer of 2006.[3]

FourFourTwo magazine decided before the 2007–08 season, that they would sponsor a player from every team within the top four divisions in England. Hurst was the player they chose for Rotherham United.

On 15 February, Hurst joined Conference National side Burton Albion on a one-month loan to regain his fitness after injury and extended for a second month.[4]

He was released by Rotherham after 15 years at the club, at the end of the 2007–08 season. Hurst stated that he wants to return to Rotherham as part of the backroom staff in the future.[5] Hurst had a trial at Mansfield Town.[6]

Management career[edit]

Ilkeston Town[edit]

Hurst and former Rotherham team mate Rob Scott were appointed joint managers of Northern Premier League outfit Ilkeston Town in January 2009. The pair led Ilkeston from ninth in the league to second, and ultimately promotion to Conference North via the play-offs. Afterwards, uncertainty surrounded whether or not they would remain at the helm of the Derbyshire club due to the club's worrying financial position.

Boston United[edit]

In May 2009 Rob Scott and Hurst moved to York Street to sign as joint managers of Boston United.[7] In their first season at United they gained a second successive promotion to the Conference North with a win in the play-off final,[8] this was to complete a treble of trophies as they had already collected the Northern Premier League Challenge Cup and Lincolnshire Senior Cup.

Grimsby Town[edit]

On 22 March 2011, both Hurst and Scott resigned from Boston[9] and the following morning they were both announced as the new management team of Grimsby Town, replacing the sacked Neil Woods.[10]

Grimsby who had suffered relegation from the Football League[11] in the previous season had hoped for an instant return but following a mid-season slump that led to the sacking of the previous manager, Hurst and Scott could only manage to salvage an 11th place spot come the end of the 2010–11 campaign. During the summer months the duo bolstered Grimsby's ranks in order for a promotion push but were hit by a blow as previous season's top scorer and player of the year Alan Connell left to join Swindon Town.[12] The eventual signing of Liam Hearn[13] was a more than suitable replacement as he scored 32 times during the 2011–12 season, a year which saw The Mariners slide away out of the contention of a play-off spot in the final few months of the season. Grimsby, like the year previously finished 11th in the Conference National.

The 2012–13 season started slowly, but by Christmas Grimsby were top of the league and leading a closely contested pack of Newport County, Wrexham and Forest Green Rovers. On 6 January 2013 speculation about the pairs future at Blundell Park came into light when rumours circulated a potential move to Football League One side Doncaster Rovers surfaced. Rovers who had lost manager Dean Saunders earlier that day to Wolverhampton Wanderers were rumoured to have placed Scott and Hurst on their managerial shortlist. The rumour was quashed the following day with Hurst saying that the pair were focused on earning promotion with Grimsby.[14] Grimsby went on to reach the final of the FA Trophy but were defeated on a penalty shootout after drawing 1-1 with Wrexham at Wembley Stadium. The Mariners also despite leading the Conference for part of the season had dropped off towards the end of the year and had to settle for 4th place, eventually losing to Newport County in the play-off semi finals.

On 6 September 2013 Scott was suspended amongst circumstances not released by the club, leaving Hurst in sole charge.[15] On 19 September 2013 Grimsby confirmed Scott had been sacked for gross misconduct and that Hurst would remain in sole permanent charge.[16] On 7 January 2014 Hurst signed an improved deal reflecting the fact that he was now sole manager.[17]

Hurst oversaw an overhaul of players in the 2014–15 season, in his first full season in charge as a manager, signing 7 players on free transfers, along with a total of 10 players on short term (4) and long term (6) loans. Grimsby started the season fairly average reaching 11th position with 15 games played, but with much improvement they ended the campaign in third place, six points behind Conference National champions Barnet.[18]

Hurst clinched promotion with Grimsby in their 3–1 victory over Forest Green Rovers in the 2016 National League play-off Final at Wembley, seeing Grimsby promoted to League Two after an six-year absence from the Football League.[19][20]

Broadcasting career[edit]

In summer 2008, he graduated from Staffordshire University with a degree in Professional Sports Writing and Broadcasting.[21]

Hurst worked for Rotherham United's Community Sports Trust as Participation Officer.[22]

Personal life[edit]

Hurst completed his UEFA A football coaching licence in January 2014, which is widely regarded as one of the highest qualifications in the game.[23] He is married to Melanie and has a daughter Millie and a son Zack.[24]

Paul is a fan of Sheffield Wednesday football club, having being brought up supporting them.[25]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 15 May 2016[26][27]
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Ilkeston Town (Joint with Rob Scott) England 24 October 2008 2 July 2009 29 18 6 5 62.07
Boston United (Joint with Rob Scott)[28][29] England 2 July 2009 23 March 2011 75 45 16 14 60.00
Grimsby Town (Joint with Rob Scott) England 23 March 2011 19 September 2013 131 58 38 35 44.27
Grimsby Town England 19 September 2013 163 84 44 35 51.53
Total 398 205 104 89 48.24

Honours[edit]

Player[edit]

Rotherham United

Joint Manager[edit]

Ilkeston Town
Boston United
Grimsby Town

Manager[edit]

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Rotherham 2–1 Shrewsbury". The Independent. 15 April 1996. Retrieved 26 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "Rotherham 1–2 Bradford". BBC Sports. 6 March 2004. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "Hurst signs Millers deal". Sky Sports. Retrieved 1 February 2015. 
  4. ^ "Brewers retain Millers defender". BBC Sports. 18 March 2008. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 
  5. ^ Hurst Could Return to Millmoor MillersMad, 13 May 2008
  6. ^ "Hurst turns down Mansfield move". BBC Sport. 5 August 2008. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 
  7. ^ "Pilgrims appoint Scott and Hurst". BBC Sport. 14 May 2009. Retrieved 26 January 2015. 
  8. ^ a b "Boston United clinch promotion with play-off final win". BBC Sport. 1 May 2010. Retrieved 4 September 2012. 
  9. ^ "Duo resign from Boston United roles". Grimsby Telegraph. 22 March 2011. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 
  10. ^ "Grimsby Town appoint Rob Scott and Paul Hurst". BBC Sport. 23 March 2011. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 
  11. ^ Lutz, Tom (8 May 2010). "League Two: Grimsby Town relegated after Burton defeat". The Guardian (London). 
  12. ^ "Alan Connell set to join Paolo’s revolution at Swindon - The Washbag". The Washbag. 
  13. ^ "BBC Sport - Alfreton Town striker Liam Hearn signs for Grimsby Town". BBC Sport. 
  14. ^ http://www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk/Grimsby-Town-joint-bosses-deny-truth-Doncaster/story-17782745-detail/story.html
  15. ^ "Rob Scott gone? Grimsby Town say Paul Hurst has taken sole charge of team matters - Grimsby Telegraph". Grimsby Telegraph. 
  16. ^ "Club Statement - Rob Scott". 
  17. ^ "Hurst Signs New Deal". 
  18. ^ "Grimsby 3–1 Aldershot". BBC Sport. 25 April 2015. Retrieved 6 May 2015. 
  19. ^ "Forest Green 1–3 Grimsby". BBC Sport. 15 May 2016. Retrieved 15 May 2016. 
  20. ^ "Grimsby secure promotion back to Football League at Wembley". Sky Sports. 15 May 2016. Retrieved 16 May 2016. 
  21. ^ "Hats off to our super students". givemefootball.com. 6 October 2008. Retrieved 6 December 2010. 
  22. ^ "Hurst returns to club where he is a 'Legend'". Non League Daily. 1 March 2010. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 
  23. ^ "Grimsby Town boss Paul Hurst proud to receive UEFA A licence and join elite band of coaches". Grimsby Telegraph (London: Trinity Mirror). 19 July 2013. Retrieved 2 July 2016. 
  24. ^ "Paul Hurst's wife has fingers crossed for a Grimsby Town victory". Grimsby Telegraph (London: Trinity Mirror). 15 May 2015. Retrieved 15 May 2015. 
  25. ^ "Grimsby Town boss set to renew rivalries with Sheffield United". Grimsby Telegraph (London: Trinity Mirror). 23 July 2016. Retrieved 23 July 2016. 
  26. ^ "Paul Hurst's managerial career". Soccerbase. 
  27. ^ "Paul Hurst's managerial career". Ilkeston Town. 
  28. ^ Footymad Limited. "Results Fixtures 2009-2010 Boston United - Liverpool FC - LFC Online". 
  29. ^ Footymad Limited. "Results Fixtures 2010-2011 Boston United - Liverpool FC - LFC Online". 
  30. ^ "Grimsby Town's Hurst and Scott managers of the month". Grimsby Telegraph. 1 February 2012. Retrieved 24 August 2012. 
  31. ^ "Grimsby Town boss Paul Hurst named Skrill Premier Manager of the Month". Grimsby Telegraph. 2 December 2013. Retrieved 2 December 2013. 
  32. ^ "Grimsby Town boss Paul Hurst is Vanarama Conference manager of the month". Grimsby Telegraph. 31 October 2014. Retrieved 4 July 2016. 
  33. ^ "Grimsby Town boss Paul Hurst named as manager of the month". Grimsby Telegraph. 3 April 2015. Retrieved 13 June 2015. 
  34. ^ "Grimsby Town boss Paul Hurst WINS monthly Vanarama accolade". Grimsby Telegraph. 3 December 2015. Retrieved 4 July 2016. 

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