Hurst sacked by Scunthorpe after heavy defeat to Cobblers

Scunthorpe United manager Paul Hurst has been sacked by the club less than 24 hours on from losing to the Cobblers.

Wednesday, 29th January 2020, 4:14 pm
Updated Wednesday, 29th January 2020, 4:35 pm
Paul Hurst

The Iron boss, who's also managed Ipswich Town and Shrewsbury, was only appointed at the end of last season but he's struggled to live up to pre-season expectations following their relegation from League One.

The 3-0 defeat to Northampton left them 16th in Sky Bet League Two, 14 points adrift of the play-offs, with just two wins from their last 10 matches in all competitions.

A short club statement read: "Scunthorpe United would like to announce that manager Paul Hurst and assistant manager Chris Doig have left their positions at the club with immediate effect.

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"We thank them for their efforts during their time at the club and wish them well for the future."

Scunthorpe were beaten 3-0 by the Cobblers after Vadaine Oliver's brace and a penalty from Sam Hoskins.

But Hurst was far from pleased with Kevin van Veen's first-half red card in his post-match interview.

"It's pathetic," said Hurst. "Kevin shouldn't push him, first and foremost, because he gives the ref a decision to make.

"We talk about honesty in the game but Charlie pretends to be pushed in the face and he gives a red card. It's very soft.

"Northampton are doing extremely well and they have an excellent home record but we looked a threat and even with 10 men, I don't think you could tell we were a man light for a large part of the game.

"The lads gave a good account of themselves and I can't criticise them in terms of their efforts. It was going to be a difficult test anyway so I won't be too critical."