Jewell to stay with Tractor Boys

Paul Jewell has revealed he will remain as manager of Ipswich

for Tuesday night’s Championship match against Derby at Portman


Jewell revealed he was considering his future at the Suffolk

club after Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Hull left struggling Town

winless in 10 games and still second-bottom in the table.

But the Liverpudlian received the complete backing of owner

Marcus Evans and his players, among many others, when weighing up

his decision and has opted to stay, although he acknowledges

results must improve and quickly.

“I had another restless night on Saturday and then spoke to

Marcus Evans (Ipswich’s owner) on Sunday afternoon about the

situation,” Jewell told the club’s official website.

“We had a good chat and yet again he gave me his 100 per cent

backing. I couldn’t really ask for more support from the owner to

be honest.

“I’ve had text messages of support from the players as well,

from other managers and from players who have played for this club

– even some I have let go!

“That has meant a lot to me. I’ve spoken to the coaching staff

and we’re now preparing for what is obviously a very important game

on Tuesday against Derby.

“I said a few things after Saturday’s game – perhaps in the heat

of the moment but it’s clear that results on the pitch have not

been good enough. I can only continue to do my best for this

football club to turn things around. That has to happen very

quickly though.”

Jewell will now hope to turn matters around on Tuesday against

Derby, with whom he endured a failed spell in charge between

November 2007 and December 2008 before resigning.

Another former employer are the visitors to Portman Road on

Saturday in Sheffield Wednesday, where Jewell spent eight months

before his sacking in February 2001.