Thursday 23 March 2017

Jewell putting promotion on the long finger

Jonathan Liew

Paul Jewell said it would take him at least two seasons to get Ipswich Town back into the Premier League after being named the club's new manager yesterday.

The 46-year-old has been appointed on a two-and-a-half-year contract at Portman Road, replacing Roy Keane, who was sacked on Thursday with the club sixth from bottom of the Championship after a run of seven defeats in nine games.

It is Jewell's first job in management since leaving Derby County in December 2008.

"It's great being back in the managerial hot seat," he admitted. "I've been out of work for two years, but you're never out of football, you're either working in the media or travelling to Spain or Italy and watching other teams. I've had a few opportunities to come back in but this one ticked all the boxes."

Jewell's CV certainly ticks all the boxes for Ipswich. The manager led Bradford and Wigan to the Premier League and then kept them both up the following season.

"I have what it takes to get sides promoted," he insisted. "There are no guarantees but I can promise there will be no stone unturned in guiding this club to promotion, which is the long-term target.

"It's a very tough league to get out of, but I think we've got a lot of good players here. We just need to try and get them to believe in themselves. If we can do that, hopefully in time we'll be talking about moving out of this league."

Jewell's plea for time is likely to be granted by owner Marcus Evans, who has a track record of keeping faith with managers. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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