Shrewsbury boss Paul Hurst is set to become Ipswich’s new manager after the two clubs agreed a compensation package.
The Tractor Boys have been looking for a replacement for Mick McCarthy since April and have settled on Hurst, who will now discuss personal terms with the Sky Bet Championship club.
A statement on Ipswich’s Twitter feed read: “#itfc can confirm that we have been given permission to speak to @shrewsweb manager Paul Hurst and compensation has also been agreed with the League One club.”
Hurst has done an impressive job for the Shrews, saving them from League One relegation last season before mounting an unlikely promotion challenge this time around.
They spent over 200 days of the regular season in the top two but missed out on automatic promotion to Blackburn and then ended their campaign in agony as they were beaten by Rotherham in Sunday’s play-off final at Wembley.
Hurst’s stock is as high as it has ever been, though, and it looks as if he will get the chance to manage in the Championship anyway.
If talks go well, Hurst will succeed McCarthy at Portman Road following the Yorkshireman’s exit in April.
Bryan Klug saw the season out as caretaker manager, with Town finishing in 12th position.
Hurst, who was due to fly out on holiday on Monday, will be tasked with trying to mount a promotion challenge and draw a line under 17 successive seasons in the Championship.
Hurst had batted off speculation about his future in the wake of Sunday’s defeat to the Millers – a club he represented 494 times.
He said: “That’s been happening quite a bit this season, I can’t stop what people write or say.
“My main concern is lifting those players who are naturally disappointed. I have got a couple of things to take care of in regards of housekeeping and players who are out of contract moving forward.
“My mind is focused on that and if anything changes we will see what happens.”