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Jewell aware of St Ledger 'jinx'

SEAN ST LEDGER is close to a move to Ipswich after being told by owner Marcus Evans that the Irish defender's manager jinx wouldn't strike again.

St Ledger is on the way out of Leicester after a fall-out with new boss Nigel Pearson. After a similar experience at Middlesbrough when Gareth Southgate departed, he sought assurances that under pressure Paul Jewell is safe.

However, the 27-year-old still has other options on the table, and could move to Leeds, who want to add experience to their rearguard although, ironically, their boss Simon Grayson is also believed to be vulnerable.

It was Jewell who openly revealed St Ledger's concerns after confirming that a fee and terms had been agreed with Leicester.

"I spoke to his agent and he said: 'Everything's fine, but the only thing is, and I don't want to be funny, he is just concerned you're going to lose your job', '' said Jewell.

"I said Marcus had only ever given me positive pointers and when I'd put the phone down, I took Marcus' call, told him about the conversation and Marcus said he'd ring him up and put him right, and Marcus put him right.

"I spoke to Sean St Ledger after that and he said: 'I hope you don't think I was being rude, I went to Middlesbrough and the manager lost his job, went to Leicester and the same thing happened'. I said: 'You know what Sean, maybe I shouldn't be thinking about signing you!'"

Jewell was initially hoping that he might be able to complete the deal in time for tonight's Championship clash with Birmingham, but no definite response from the player was forthcoming.

Roy Keane's successor has indicated that he may run out of patience. "Hopefully, we will get a call and get things done -- if not we move on," continued Jewell.

St Ledger was actually initially frozen out of the team at Leicester by the man who brought him to the club, Sven Goran Eriksson.

Pearson's appointment and the unavailability of other players led to a run in the side. But when the new boss recalled skipper Matt Mills from suspension and dropped St Ledger to the bench, a row ensued and the writing was on the wall for the centre-half who is desperate to be in good shape ahead of the Euro 2012 finals.

Giovanni Trapattoni remains a big fan of the Birmingham lad, despite his turbulent experiences at club level.

Irish Independent