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Hurst: 'I'm not hiding away from the situation'

PUBLISHED: 17:24 18 September 2018 | UPDATED: 17:24 18 September 2018

Paul Hurst is still waiting for his first win in charge of Ipswich Town. Photo: Pagepix

Paul Hurst is still waiting for his first win in charge of Ipswich Town. Photo: Pagepix

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Paul Hurst is not hiding from the fact he could face the sack if his winless start to life as Ipswich Town manager goes on much longer.

Brentford are second in the table under Dean Smith. Photo: PABrentford are second in the table under Dean Smith. Photo: PA

The Blues, who are out of the Carabao Cup and bottom of the Championship table eight games into the campaign, host high-flying Brentford at Portman Road tonight (7.45pm) before welcoming Bolton on Saturday.

“There was a big call for change, a change occurred and now some people will be questioning whether that was the right choice or whether it was the right way forward but I’m the wrong person to carry out those changes,” said Hurst.

“That’s life. It comes down to results. But we were sat here not so long ago and the general consensus was we were playing some decent football and perhaps hadn’t quite had the rub of the green. But the longer it goes on the more those feelings and opinions will sway and turn more towards the negative.”

He continued: “I’ve got every confidence in myself. I’ve worked extremely hard to get this opportunity and while ever it is still in front of me I’ll be doing everything I can to take it, not just for myself, but for the players and the fans and everyone associated with Ipswich.”

Town skipper Luke Chambers applauds the travelling fans following Saturday's 2-0 defeat at Hull City. Photo: PagepixTown skipper Luke Chambers applauds the travelling fans following Saturday's 2-0 defeat at Hull City. Photo: Pagepix

On whether owner Marcus Evans would stick by him, he added: “I can’t say I’ll definitely be here in 50 games time because Marcus might decide I’m not here after one game. That’s purely his decision. I don’t know what he’s thinking.

“Some people might say I shouldn’t sit here and say that, but why not? If he gives me a call or comes in and sees me and that’s that, then that’s that.

“I’m not thinking that is going to happen, but at the same time I’m not thinking that’s out of the realms of possibility because you’ve got to win games of football.

“It’s whether or not it’s deemed that things are changing for the positive. I’m confident in saying that there’s been some big improvements along with big changes at the football club that will benefit it long after I’m here.

Kayden Jackson in action at the KC Stadium. Photo: PagepixKayden Jackson in action at the KC Stadium. Photo: Pagepix

“When I came here my plan was to be here for some time. That hasn’t changed. But I’m not hiding away from the situation.

“Admittedly, there is an owner here who doesn’t want to chop and change as freely and happily as perhaps a lot do. Hopefully it will work that way.”

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