PAUL Jewell will be given more time to turn things around at troubled Ipswich Town.

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We can reveal owner Marcus Evans and chief executive Simon Clegg remain behind the beleaguered Blues boss.

But time is running out for Jewell to bring about a change of fortunes after Saturday’s 2-1 loss against Charlton Athletic made it five defeats in the last six matches.

His problems were further increased by mounting speculation that former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp – a close friend of Evans – had been approached by the Town owner to take over.

Odds on Redknapp replacing Jewell tumbled over the weekend, but the Liverpudlian is expected to remain in charge for next Saturday’s trip to Barnsley.

But with the equal-worst goalscoring record and the second-worst defence in the Championship, the pressure is undoubtedly growing on Jewell.

A small section of the Sir Bobby Robson Stand were heard singing ‘you’re getting sacked in the morning’ on Saturday afternoon – with fed-up supporters having not witnessed a home win for seven matches.

Jewell insisted he would not walk away from Portman Road, admitted: “I know I am not very popular at the moment. All I can do is do my best and work as hard as I can, until I am told different.

“You have to face up to challenges in your life. It is a challenge for me and my family, they are part of it.

“I shall dust myself down and prepare for the Barnsley game.”

27 comments

  • I have to agree with SimonC who summed up the present situation perfectly. How sad that this once great Club has fallen to depths that we never imagined. We look as though we will be joining the long list of 'big' clubs who have found themselves in League One or even lower sooner or later due to heavy debt and abyssmal management. The Glory days have long gone and we have to understand that we are just another run-of-the-mill club struggling to compete. We always had a spirit and belief about us but that has disappeared. Prospects look grim. If only we had hope....

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    rover

    Monday, September 24, 2012

  • Beginning to feel very sorry for PJ, lumbered as he is with Evans and Cleggie and little money to spend. As for Saturday's game, PJ's inability to encourage and enthuse the team was obvious. If only they all played with the determination of Jason it would be a different team, but JET lolloping around and the rest playing as though they don't expect to win doesn't make for a winning side.

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    JOHN BURLS

    Monday, September 24, 2012

  • Entirely predictable and totally depressing. I suspect a decision to replace Jewell has been made - but why wait until a replacement is found during which time only more harm and no good can be done. Why not put Klug in temporary charge which at least will give the players an immediate fillip and then pursue whoever Evans preferred target is. As for Percy V I am just amazed at such a complacent view. Neville Chamberlain took a similar head in sand view about Hitler in 1939 and we saw then what disaster followed with the result that ultimately action needed to be taken after all.

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    SussexTractorBoy

    Monday, September 24, 2012

  • More pipe dreams from Dave Gooderham, I am sure ME spent his Sunday speaking to him. PJ has lost his way, which is affecting the whole club, but quite frankly who would come in to replalce him.

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    Cyril Baker

    Monday, September 24, 2012

  • Yet more evidence why ME is absolutely the wrong person to be the owner of a football club - selling off the family silver, failure to land targets, appointing two unsuccessful managers, running the academy into the ground, falling gates, alienation of the supporters and blindly backing the architect of one of the worst sides ever to have taken to the PR pitch......

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    bluearmy78

    Monday, September 24, 2012

  • I don't believe the whole blame can lay all at Jewell's feet, he inherited some of it and simply hasn't been able to sort it out. ME, SC and to a certain extent the players, need to have a long hard look at themselves too. But regarding Jewell, his failings as manager haven't been in the past 6-7 games, you have to take into account his whole tenure as manager and frankly he hasn't achieved anything positive since he came here. You could give him the benefit of the doubt when he first joined keeping us clear from relegation and trying to sober the club up from the 'Keane Hangover'. But he had a full pre-season last year and can have no excuses for a dire 20112012 season. Most managers would have lost their jobs after a 7 game straight losing streak and he somehow survived that after a miracle win at Barnsley. Deja vu heading to Oakwell at the weekend with him getting the 'vote of confidence' leading up to the game, but will he be so lucky afterwards this time? A Bad result at Oakwell (which won't be an easy game, then again there are no easy games for us right now) then ME and SC MUST ACT! But if certain names like; Paul Ince, Dennis Wise and Gary Megson that have been mentioned, are the best we can attract, then I'd rather stick with PJ.

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    Quagmire

    Monday, September 24, 2012

  • Enough is enough... I have presided over the demise of our football club as our local rivals have outperformed us in every department on and off the field to the extent I genuinely fear it could be a decade before we play them again. The time has come to appoint a hungry young manager rather than someone who has no real aims or objective over and above having his mortgage paid by ME. I feel ashamed to sit in near silence every other week with 10,000 empty seats around me and players in front of me who wouldn't have made our reserve team in the 80's. Dear God please sack this clown and accept that salvation may be at least three seasons away!

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    StalwartBlue

    Monday, September 24, 2012

  • Fans must always remember that they don't know what is really happening inside the club. However, those who run the club have to make sure they see things from the fans' perspective too. From a fan's viewpoint this looks now like a failure of leadership at every level, on the pitch, in the dressing room, on the training ground and in the boardroom. Evans is a businessman. How many more "key performance indicators" does he need to look at before taking corrective action (which either changing the manager or doing something else equally dramatic). The ground is half empty, we aren't winning matches, season ticket holders are staying at home even though they have already paid for their tickets, 80% of fans seem to want a change, Jewell sounded a defeated man after Saturday's game. This is all sad, no-one can doubt that Jewell has given his all. But if Evans doesn't want to lose more of what is left of this club he has to show leadership in a way that the fans can see, and right now his "invisibility" isn't helping.

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    SimonC

    Monday, September 24, 2012

  • Pretty much sums up the lack of ambition, drive and leadership at the club. A proper football club would have sacked him long ago or come out and publicly backed him if they were sure he was the right man. This is going the same way as the Keane debacle and will drag on past Christmas meaning another wasted season in the wilderness at best but the likelihood is this the year that we go down. I say get rid now before it's too late.

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    russell mariner

    Monday, September 24, 2012

  • I think we have to remember Evans is a calculated business man and not a football man, so while he is clueless at finding good managers, he doesn't react to single results like the old fashioned chairmen used to do. I believe, like what happened to magilton & keane a decision has already been made and he is now currently looking for Jewell's replacement. Magilton and Keane were both replaced within a few days of being sacked so clearly Evans doesn't like caretaker managers. I believe that Evans would have met his friend Harry Redknapp to consult on who to appoint next (like he did last time) & this is where the Harry rumours have spread from. Harry doesn't fit in with our small wage structurelow ambition policy so it definitely won't be him coming but another ex-punditfailed manager that nobody else would appoint. Yes Jewell needs to go but unfortunately his replacement will be equally uninspiring. Lets hope the next man can drag us back to the mid-table obscurity of 15th place.

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    russell mariner

    Monday, September 24, 2012

  • If Evans is this calculated businessman we are all led to believe, then why has he not acted on the figures he and everyone else has access too with regards to Jewell's incompetence as the manager of ITFC? Keane P81 W28 D25 L28 (34.57% games lost in charge) Jewell P80 W29 D16 L35 (43.75% games lost in charge) It doesn't take the business brain of Britain to see that Jewell is quite clearly a worse manager than Keane. Further stats of note: Since 1936 Ipswich have had 14 Managers Apart from the woeful Jackie Milburn (1963-64) at 58.93% (loss rate 56 games in charge) is sitting comfortably in second place ahead of Bobby Ferguson (1982-87) at 38.76% (loss rate 258 games in charge) Thank god Jackie Milburn is no longer available or Evans would probably install him as our next manager!!

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    Kingy

    Monday, September 24, 2012

  • If Megson were appointed there would be an absolute outcry, and a massive drop in crowds immediately

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    Kevin Bailey

    Monday, September 24, 2012

  • Percy V - if you look at all the other comments you'll note you are now in a minority of one - which is after all the definition of madness. As regards ME - this is not the time to keep misguided faith. Jewell is taking us into a position whereby it will be too late for a new manager to save us - & as such this will severely limit those who are prepared to try !!

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    Old Timer

    Monday, September 24, 2012

  • At least i'm not alone in ready this, in the respect that Dave Gooderham this is nothing more than poor reporting! "A small section of the Sir Bobby Robson Stand were heard singing ‘you’re getting sacked in the morning’ on Saturday afternoon – with fed-up supporters having not witnessed a home win for seven matches." If you stood in the North Stand with us, you'll here more along the lines of "JEWELL OUT!" The report at the "Norwich EADT" needs the facts to back up the reporting! The facts are that we've took 5pts from an available 21. That just ain't acceptable! That's league 1 bound, & it needs to stop before we're paying silly prices for next year let alone this year!!! Jewell MUST go!!! No if's or but!!!

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    Blue and true

    Tuesday, September 25, 2012

  • John, have you a Jason Scotland toothbrush to go with the pyjamas?

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    Kevin Bailey

    Monday, September 24, 2012

  • I said a year ago we were sleepwalking to relegation. The nightmare continues.

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    graham garrod

    Monday, September 24, 2012

  • Just waiting for Clegg to say he is joined at the hip to Jewell.

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    Kevin Bailey

    Monday, September 24, 2012

  • The thinking processes of Mr Evans are baffling. Clearly a man who has made more right business decisions than wrong ones, it is unfathomable how he fails to see how the club is sliding towards an inevitable precipice. I n my view, the club needs to be overalled from top to bottom; clear strategies put in place and people brought in who fit the strategies. This would appear to be how he runs other parts of his business - so why not here? If he lost a third of his customer base in the hospitality business, what would he do?

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    Mike Wyatt

    Monday, September 24, 2012

  • I am now beginning to blame ME for this debacle. PJ has had ample time at ITFC and has failed miserably. If we win just one game does that really improve things? The same thing happened last season - many terrible results, but after a couple of wins, MEClegg had the nerve to say PJ was the right man. They completely ignored the utter rubbish delivered by this guy. Overall we finished 15th. Even the worst teams in the league country win occasionally. It's about time even season ticket holders don't turn up to games. Have completely lost faith in ME - he may have saved the club financially, but clearly he doesn't have a clue. PJ should be SACKED.

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    Jason

    Monday, September 24, 2012

  • Then Marcus Evans is an idiot. I’m fed up with this dribbling complacency and the mindless lip service our supposed leaders continually display. What do they think they are achieving in persisting with this? If they are considering getting rid at some point if results continue as they are then they’ve already lost faith – it’s not like we’re going to march up the league with this guy and the squad he’s put together. Do they think PJ’s dire reign so far has been some sort of one-off fluke and title winning form is actually the PJ norm and great results will explode into life at any moment? Have they spent too much cancelling contracts, almost all of which were for players PJ had either signed or offered contracts extension to? Does sticking with PJ give them a warm PC glow? After all, in most walks of like it’s been the trend for years to go with PC sentimentality rather than reason and logic, regardless of the consequences.

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    Pete James

    Monday, September 24, 2012

  • Is this a Budgie Blog?,Never seen such despondency. However relief is at hand, Yosser Hughes,look alike, was seen at Portman Road,shouting GISSA A JOB,I CAN DO THAT,GO ON GISSA IT, in a Scots accent?. can Manage on a shoestring budget,and has been sucessful here before.

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    fgreenwood

    Monday, September 24, 2012

  • Kevin, no idea what you are talking about!

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    JOHN BURLS

    Monday, September 24, 2012

  • wheather it is renewing player contracts , strengthening a wafer thin squad or sacking a failure of a manager . Evans response is" do nothing" on all counts , and i suppose we either like or lump it .

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    KEVIN FRANCIS

    Monday, September 24, 2012

  • Backed by evans and quite rightly so. Again we had the lions hare of the match and given the loss of the front two made a pretty good fist of it. Everybody forgets the talent that our kid brings to the club. Booing and chanting simply won't get us to where we need to be. Keep the faith Percy.

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    Percy V

    Monday, September 24, 2012

  • If you look at a huge proportion of the Ipswich squad they are either average or under performing. This doesn't mean they are any worse or better than a lot of other teams in this League. Unfortunately what we need are players that are better than other teams or over performing. PJ has said on numerous occasions that he will only bring in players that are better than he already has, but this is not borne out by results. In fact it's the reverse. What totally amazes me is that, with the exception of a few head in the sanders, every man and his dog can see what has and is happening to this once great club. I would love to see the glory days back at PR, but I'm afraid to say that the way things are set up now, the heights previously achieved will never happen. But I don't believe this is what fans expect. They expect to see 100% effort and decent football. They also like to hear the truth and not a load a bull. This will not happen with the current set up.

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    whymarkmariner

    Monday, September 24, 2012

  • If only we could play with eleven players with Jason's enthusiasm we might start winning.

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    JOHN BURLS

    Monday, September 24, 2012

  • Sorry town fans you are stuck with him i think the only way for change is to stay away. yes 12000 of you have paid for season ticktes. this would hurt his pocket. no food no programs sold no sale at the shop. and you could save no gas no parking. take the wife out to dinner. better value.

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    mike benham

    Monday, September 24, 2012

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