Next Shrewsbury Town Manager: Paul Hurst an early contender to replace Sam Ricketts

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 25 November 2020, 12:31

Shrewsbury Town have become the latest Football League club to open up the search for a new manager after the League One club parted ways with Sam Ricketts - the eleventh casualty of the campaign so far.

Ricketts, who joined from Wrexham, spent just short of two years in charge of the Shrews during which he won 28 of his 96 games at the helm.

Unfortunately for Ricketts, only one of those wins came in the league this season, with his side registering nine points from their opening 13 matches, meaning the 39-year-old departs with the club 23rd in the table.

In a statement, Shrewsbury said: 

“Shrewsbury Town Football Club can confirm this morning that the Club has parted company with Manager Sam Ricketts and Assistant Manager Dean Whitehead.

“The Club would like to place on record our thanks and acknowledge their hard work and dedication to STFC and the community and wish them all the best in the future.

“The search for a new Manager will begin straight away and the Club will aim to find the right candidate as soon as possible.

“The Club will be making no further comment at this time.”

As stated by the club, Shrewsbury will instantly embark on their search for a new boss, who will become their fourth permanent incumbent in the last two-and-a-half-years following in the footsteps of Paul Hurst, John Askey and Ricketts.

The sudden vacancy could possibly open up the doors for a return for former boss Hurst, who has been installed as the early favourite in the next Shrewsbury Town manager market.

Hurst left the club in the summer of 2018 in order to test himself in the Championship with Ipswich. It didn’t work out, with Hurst lasting just 14 league games in the post. He then managed Scunthorpe for six months.

Hurst, who is currently available for hire, enjoyed an impressive 97 game tenure at the Shrews (2016 - 2018), with whom he propelled from the foot of League One to safety in his first season, before leading his troops to the 2017/18 play-off final, where they agonisingly lost to Rotherham in extra-time. He then departed with an impressive 48.5% win rate.

Steve Cotterill, Paul Cook, Graham Alexander and Simon Grayson also feature at this early stage, as do the likes of Sol Campbell, Kevin Nolan and Danny Cowley.

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