Will new Ipswich boss Hurst be able to threaten City’s local dominance?
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Will new Ipswich Town manager Paul Hurst be able to threaten Norwich City's local dominance next season?
It's the question Canaries supporters have been pondering in the past 24 hours after seeing their East Anglian rivals move swiftly to take Hurst from Shrewsbury to Suffolk.
The former Grimsby Town boss only suffered Wembley heartbreak in the League One play-off final on Sunday, as the Shrews were beaten 2-1 in extra-time by Wembley.
That followed an unexpected promotion push from the Shropshire side, progressing from relegation battlers in 2016-17 to competing with Wigan and Blackburn for a place in the top two in 2017-18, with Norwich loanees Ben Godfrey and Carlton Morris playing key roles in that success.
Hurst's progress persuaded Town's hierarchy he was the man to succeed Mick McCarthy at Portman Road, posing a new challenge for the Canaries after five-and-a-half years of dominance over McCarthy's teams.
The Tractor Boys did however finish above City in the league standings for the first time since 2011, finishing 12th with a goal-difference of minus-three to sit two places above Norwich (on -11) after both finished on 60 points, with Leeds separating them.
While that is progress for the Suffolk boys, the Canaries are currently on the longest unbeaten run in the history of the East Anglian Derby of 10 games and have just been through a season of transition and change.
February's dramatic Carrow Road draw, thanks to a late Timm Klose header, extended the Norfolk dominance – started by a 4-1 home victory for City back in November 2010, when Roy Keane was Town manager.
Paul Jewell and McCarthy weren't able to enjoy derby victory either but can Hurst break the pattern, as Ipswich head into a 17th successive season in the Championship?
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