Paul Hurst: New Shrewsbury Town boss keen to eradicate 'excuses' for poor start

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Hurst to bring fresh ideas to Shrewsbury

New Shrewsbury Town manager Paul Hurst says one of his first jobs is to rid the League One strugglers of "excuses" for their poor start to the season.

Hurst was appointed as Micky Mellon's permanent replacement on Monday after leaving his post at Grimsby Town.

"With a third of the season gone, it's hard to change everything quickly," Hurst, 42, told BBC Radio Shropshire.

"Sometimes you can get an immediate reaction (to a new manager) and I'm hoping that's the case."

Hurst takes over a club that is bottom of the table and have not won for nine games.

"I'm getting the impression that there's an excuse there that they haven't had a manger in place," Hurst said.

"That's no disrespect to the people who've been taking charge, but that's one excuse out of the way now and we'll try to take as many excuses out of the equation as we can and try to get results."

Hurst not certain of survival

With 15 games gone, Town are already six points adrift of the last place outside the relegation zone.

"It (avoiding relegation) has to be the number one target," Hurst said. "The first target is getting off the bottom of the table and then move up as quickly as we can.

"I'm not going to say we are 100% going to stay up, because that would be wrong and I don't know enough about the players and whether they're good enough.

"I can promise I'll work hard and we've got to demand it from the players - the ones that want to follow will get looked after and if we have any going the other way, if we can, I'm sure there will be a parting of ways."

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