IPSWICH Town manager Paul Jewell has warned supporters not to expect a summer spending spree.

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As it stands, the Blues are set to start the 2012/13 campaign with just 19 professional players in their squad – six of whom failed to make at least four starts this season.

Jewell has already stated that he’d like to sign at least six players: a goalkeeper, two centre-backs, midfielder, striker and utility player capable of covering the full-back positions.

However, despite owner Marcus Evans seemingly being unaffected by the global economic downturn – his wealth said to have not dropped from last year’s £625m estimate in last week’s Sunday Times Rich List – Jewell insists he will not be splashing the cash.

Especially as the Football League will impose new ‘Financial Fair Play’ rules at the start of next season, with clubs now set to face sanctions if they do not cut their losses to an acceptable level over time.

“We are looking for bargains,” said the Blues boss, who has spent just under £2m in transfer fees since the £8.1m sale of teen striker Connor Wickham to Sunderland last summer, picking up the likes of Ryan Stevenson and Andy Drury for £50,000 and £150,000 respectively.

“There definitely won’t be any three million pound signings,” said Jewell. “If I went to Marcus and said a player of that price would make the difference I am sure he would back me, but there won’t be too many big-money moves in the Championship. Not when I hear there are 13 clubs in this league on the brink of administration.”

He continued: “I want people to come here because they want to play for Ipswich, because they are excited to be here.

“I am not naïve, I know players won’t come here for nothing. I remember an agent rang me up last year and said his lad just wanted to play. I joked that he could come play for nothing then suddenly that ‘nothing’ became a £24,000-a-week request.

“We are a great football club with great facilities and this is a great place to live. All these factors add up, but the bottom line is people will normally go where they get paid the most.

“That won’t be Ipswich so we will have to work harder to convince them that we will pay them when success arrives, not just for continued mediocrity.”

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43 comments

  • Buy Nick Powell, and you will double or treble your money within a year or two. As well as getting great service from him during that time

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    Kevin Bailey

    Monday, May 7, 2012

  • Brian, if you want to give me a task made it a difficult one, but to tell you what PJ has done for the club is simple. With the limited budget he was given last season, he brought two very good youngsters, Cresswell, and Emanuel Thomas, both already worth considerably more than he paid for them. He also purchased Chopra a top goal scorer, who I accept has had his personal problems which have affected his performans. Now do I blame ME and Clegg yess entirely. Can I now put you right on your feelings that I am a PJ man, I certainly am not, in my view he has far too much to say to the press, and begs forgiveness, but as I have always said I am possibly much older than you and believe when ME signed a contract with PJ for 2.5 years that should be honoured by both parties. I have said this many times but you prefer not to hear it.

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    Cyril Baker

    Wednesday, May 9, 2012

  • At last - something I can agree with - Jewell after players who 'want to play for Ipswich' The trouble is he's said things before then just does the opposite - ie revert to his original plan of overpaid mercenaries & loanees. It seems evident that we will start the new season with PJ as manager - so let's cheer ourselves with the ray of hope that he may have learnt some lessons & will finally abandon his Dads Army strategy & recruit young hungry players. If then he could overcome his other phobia & give his own young players a fair crack of the whip all would not be lost. It would be nice to think that jewell had finally seen the light on the road to Doncaster - unfortunately I am one of those who will not be holding his breath.

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    Old Timer

    Monday, May 7, 2012

  • Pete, I am obviously out of touch, please list the players that RK purchased for 11 million.

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    Cyril Baker

    Tuesday, May 8, 2012

  • We must cut our cloth accordingly and this makes sound financial sense. That said however, if Marcus Evans really wants to get to the promised land of milk and honey any time soon then he has to loosen those purse strings a bit I think.

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    FRANK WESTON

    Monday, May 7, 2012

  • “Pete, Still looking for the list of players that PJ purchased for 11 million. Cyril Baker “ RK, not PJ as clearly stated. Or can’t you add up? Or are you quibbling about less than 0.5M? Please engage your brain or actually point out your problem with the list before trying to make smart-alecky remarks. A poster from Cheshire by any chance? Spartacus: The point was, as you allude, that Jim and Keano were massively supported in the transfer market (the bulk of the purchases were before any sales) and PJ hasn’t been because of the calamitous spending of the previous two (Keane the main culprit).

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    Pete James

    Wednesday, May 9, 2012

  • This has a ring of 'deja moo'.....

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    FXT Canary

    Tuesday, May 8, 2012

  • Pete, Still looking for the list of players that PJ purchased for 11 million.

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    Cyril Baker

    Wednesday, May 9, 2012

  • And the supporters should warn we will not be buying season tickets. untill we see what is coming in. and with you at the helm of the ship. we stand a chance of sinking

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    mike benham

    Monday, May 7, 2012

  • Quite a suprise but I don't disagree with anything Jewell says here. Disappointingly it has taken a wasted year for him to arrive at a mindset that most people had a year ago, but if he has to be our manager over the summer then I'm pleased he is at least saying the right things- experience tells us that this doesn't always transmit into action with Jewell, but hope is eternal... I just hope that we don't end up with a couple more 'spent' ex-Premiership players. Time will tell, just hope this time he walks the talk.

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    I am Spartacus

    Monday, May 7, 2012

  • Cyril, I don't know what our respective ages have to do with the subjects we are discussing but I attended my first match at PR in 1948 so that should give you some idea. Yes, I am fully aware of Contracts Law but as I stated in a previous post and which you either didn't read or chose to ignore "contracts are intended to be honoured but since when has honour been a barrier for them to be broken at will by players and managers alike". I should also have added Owners as well. Also instead of your 'smart alec' remarks why don't you answer one other question put to you in that what suggestions you can make to attract the missing 6000 ( based on your figures) back to PR ? Finally, you again choose to ignore the fact that Jewell has overseen two relegations with previous clubs and I would assume true ITFC supporters would not wish for the club to be his third or would you still prefer to do the honourable thing and retain him in a relegation battle to see out his contract? There comes a time when 'enough is enough'

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    Brian Betts

    Thursday, May 10, 2012

  • Pete, I do not understand why you feel you need to be offensive, I simply asked you to supply the list, having said that you need to check your facts against the clubs balance sheet for that season, some of your amounts are slightly inflated. You appear to want to support PJ which if you read my entries I have always done, although I think our reasons are not the same.

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    Cyril Baker

    Wednesday, May 9, 2012

  • Too little too late. Leopards don't change their spots and all this tosh means is that Jewell cannot buy rubbish until he unloads some first. Alas all sane supporters already doubt his ability or even intention to go and seek out talent - as this piece shows Jewell's niche is a lazy yesterday's man targetted by lazy agents with rejects to shift, rather than hot properties or players with potential who might have to be found.

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    Rob Steroo

    Tuesday, May 8, 2012

  • WELL SAID !! TOTALLY AGREE !!

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    Deg

    Tuesday, May 8, 2012

  • Cyril, Jewell has had his 'ups' & 'downs' in his management career but I admire your undying faith in his abilities to get ITFC into the Premier League. I fear, however, that you are more likely to get struck by lightning since he seems to have learnt very little in his times at any of his previous clubs and contradicts himself every other day, so how can the average supporter have any faith in what he says? Please, Cyril, and I have asked you before, what evidence can you produce of anything positive Jewell has done for the club since he has been here or are you also crediting Clegg and ME with much of the negative? Finally, as you say Jewell has taken two clubs up BUT you ignore the fact that he also took two clubs down. Most of the 'critics' you mention do not want to see ITFC be his third club taken down.

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    Brian Betts

    Wednesday, May 9, 2012

  • Cyril, and took two clubs down, don't forget. Correction, he can only coach what HE has signed. Agree with your comments about ME, he does want Premiership football on the cheap. Finally if I hadn't been given tools for the job I would look for another job. Simples !!!!!!!

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    Brian Betts

    Tuesday, May 8, 2012

  • Oh dear - he is in talk mode yet again. Pity the words never match follow up actions. Looks like another season for our "experienced" manager to experiment and learn from yet more mistakes. Never mind he always says sorry and own up to his errors which of course makes every thing all right.

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    SussexTractorBoy

    Monday, May 7, 2012

  • PJ....My point is that even if £1M is spent on Ingmarsson and Ellington, by the time we pay up Ellington's contract, that could have funded category one status for a year, which in turn may well have lead to more season tickets being renewed, greater hope, and bigger gates. I agree with you that Magilton did a much better job without money, we don;t seem to agree at all on Keane, and probably agree on most things regarding Jewell. I have no sympathy for Evans, as he appointed Clegg, and between them the appointed Jewell, so we differ there. We also don't know whether Jewell has actually wanted to sign anyone for a decent fee? Maybe it was Jewell that said no to buying Sharp and Coppinger? I am not saying it was, just that we don't know. Thanks for taking the trouble to reply.

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    Kevin Bailey

    Friday, May 11, 2012

  • Pete James....PJ has had money, and has wasted it, how much was wasted on Ellington and on Ingmarsson? Just because there was no transfer fee, it does not follow that the signing on fees and cost of the deals were not sizeable. Keane also recouped money, by the cup run, and also by the sale of players, whereas under Jewell, GL, Norris and McAuley were allowed to walk away on frees, and Eastman went for nothing last year, when we should have persevered with him. It is by no means as clear cut as you make out. For the record, I think Magilton was doing a decent job, until he had money, then he went backwards. Keane was up against it from day one, as many supporters just didn;t give him a chance, and the connection between Keane being amongst the most famous sporting Irishmen, and ME having the ticketing rights for the Irish Olympics Tickets for London 2012, seems more than co-incidental to me, especially when Clegg was appointed. Keane should not have sold Rhodes, and Priskin was a strange buy in my view. He did bring on the younger players, and suggesting that he didn't is simply factually incorrect. He was sacked when we were 19th, and the fact that we ended up 15th this season, suggests that it was a big mistake, especially when the falling attendances have accelerated quickly under Jewell, which makes a mockery of the contention that the football was dreadful under Keane, and exciting under Jewell. We now have the worst of all worlds, and simply blaming it all on Keane is making him a scapegoat, whereas the entire regime of Evans, Clegg, and of late Jewell have taken the club backwards in every respect since Keane's departure.

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    Kevin Bailey

    Wednesday, May 9, 2012

  • Kevin Bailey:”....PJ has had money, and has wasted it, how much was wasted on Ellington and on Ingmarsson?” I’m not defending PJ on this thread – I’m as sick of him as anyone else – I merely point out that the lack of big money signings recently and doubtless over the summer compared to the previous two incumbents is perfectly understandable given the calamitous transfer dealings and attempts at squad building (I doubt Keano even understood the notion) of said previous incumbents. ME threw the thick of 18M at those two and they achieved nothing. I make no excuses for the disastrous record of PJ, just sympathy for the owner’s good intentions in supporting his first two managers in the transfer market. Perhaps he’s so wary of his record with managers (not getting rid of Magilton, then appointing Keane and now the idiotic PJ) he’s understandably reticent in sanctioning million-plus signings. And I repeat: imagine what Royle might have done with the 18ish million (cue Cyril’s sarcastic whining) Magilton and Keane poured down the drain, aided by Clegg and ME himself who allowed some of those million-plus buys (Norris, Leadbitter probably, McCauly) to walk off for free. It’s a shambles.

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    Pete James

    Thursday, May 10, 2012

  • Looks like situation unchanged, ME want the trimmings of Premiership but does not wish to invest real money. PJ critics please note.

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    Cyril Baker

    Monday, May 7, 2012

  • Even a poor manager, with limitless cash, can succeed. ManC is the glaring example. Buy eleven expensive individuals, make sure they are wearing the same shirt, then send them out and, over time, they will come good. My terrier could do that. Much more interesting is the man with little financially at his disposal, who creates a thrilling, winning team. This is a skill to admire that ultimately leads to greatness. Are there finer examples of this genre than Ramsey and Robson? Surely not! Jewell is of a different stripe. He is not a great manager. And he has little cash to play with. And he does not have a free rein. This is not an enviable position to be in. His past tactic of buying elderly men has failed. He has no discernible youth policy to underpin the longer term. His back is to the wall. Big time. But I will give him a small credit. And Keano. They both know Peters is not a footballer.

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    Bertie Shrimp

    Tuesday, May 8, 2012

  • Well done Cyril, as usual it is YOU that either don't or cannot read and understand the questions put to you so you throw the dummy out of the pram and run away.

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    Brian Betts

    Thursday, May 10, 2012

  • PJ might have been able to buy a couple of 3M men had ME & Clegg not given Keane 11M which he blew on dross. PJ might also have a half-decent bugdet if Magilton's couple of decent signings hadn't been allowed to leave on frees. And he might not have needed to bring in so many players if most of PJ's own eight-plus signings (in addition to those he inherited and re-signed - David Heally for example) weren't so dire we're getting rid or even had to cancel their contracts.

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    Pete James

    Tuesday, May 8, 2012

  • Same old cr-p next season. Nobody should expect much because the way it looks so far is very BLEAK. And Our wonerfull owner Mr Evans wont or for money reasons for his own ends is shamefully keeping very very quiet on this...they are takeing Ipswich to the dogs..unless there is change....NOW. I a'm just thankfull of seeing the mostly wonderfull days of old. Our dreams our being stolen from us all by people who don't care.... And i DARE them to respond in this paper ........................................

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    david bradley

    Tuesday, May 8, 2012

  • Pete, if I annoyed you I apologise, but please accept there is quite a delay between when an entry is made and when it is printed and I can assure you I had not seen your reply to my entry.

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    Cyril Baker

    Friday, May 11, 2012

  • Well in a way I think this isn't a bad thing as players bought in past for 2-3 million have been overpriced, I just hope jewell has taken noticed of past clubs that got promoted by signing players on form and peaking from lower divsions, take reading - doyle from cork city, adam le fondre (different promotion seasons), simeon jackson for norwich the list could go on. Just hope he has more than 3 targets and doesnt spend all summer getting one player .

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    Dave21

    Monday, May 7, 2012

  • There are some superb players in the lower divisions, it's just a case of winkling them out. As ME seems intent on building the next team on the cheap then that's where PJ should look, not to Premier league cast-offs and decrepit old men.

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    JOHN BURLS

    Tuesday, May 8, 2012

  • “I am not naïve, I know players won’t come here for nothing".Just read the last paragraph, if that's not naivety, I don't know what is.

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    NB

    Tuesday, May 8, 2012

  • Brian, You really should read my posts before jumping in to argue, I have gone on and on about the sale of almost 10 million of quality players by Me and the fact that the money has never been reinvested. Your question regarding what to do to get the 6000 fans back is easy to answer, ME should support the man HE appointed with more than 2 million. As you say enough is enough, I will not be commenting on this page of comments again.

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    Cyril Baker

    Thursday, May 10, 2012

  • DaveJS - I'm sure PJ could have a lovely time spotting talentfor 2 weeks in Spain but dont forget the football season has finished there too! Besides which, The bigger clubs in Spain have spent the last six months doing exactly the same so why would the young talent want to come here? Maybe a more realistic scouting venue for him would be Khazakhstan!!

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    mike walker

    Tuesday, May 8, 2012

  • When will people give PJ a chance, he can only coach what he is given, it is no PJ fault that the money has not been made available, and when it has Clegg is totally incapable of sealing the deal. Sorry to harp on about the same old thing, but simply ask yourselves if you did not have the tools to do your job what would be the outcome. Looks like Kevin wants to pick the signings for him, but we would all tell him different players leave it to the man that took two teams to the premiership.

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    Cyril Baker

    Tuesday, May 8, 2012

  • Cyril: “Pete, I do not understand why you feel you need to be offensive, I simply asked you to supply the list.” But I had supplied the list, so why your snotty, smart-alek question that you’re “still waiting”? And if you think my figures are inflated, then tell me which and supply evidence, especially as I said (and I’ll re-post as you’re evidently hard of thinking): “… not to mention agents fees, bonuses, wasted wages and money paid to get rid of Priskin and Healy early (and one or two transfers I might have forgotten). Then there’s the wages and fees for the army of loans he had to bring in due to calamitous squad building: Rosenior; Stern John; David Healy; Livermore; Ranieri; Townsend, O’Dea; Colback; Daryl Murphy and probably more I’ve forgotten.” So, I repeat: why say you’re still waiting for a list when you know damn well I’ve supplied one? Why make such a snotty comment rather than saying what you think is wrong with it? I’d really like an answer to the question of why you posted the comment “dddduuuuuuhhhh I’m still waiting for your list”. You deserve to be offended until you learn how to operate on a message board without being needlessly snotty. Or are you really that stupid not to have noticed the list in the first place – after all, you do get Jewell and Keane mixed up.

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    Pete James

    Thursday, May 10, 2012

  • If Jewell is correct, then surely it should take LESS money than ever to build a promotion winning squad. If you know what you are doing, that is. Like I said before, with Blackburn, Wolves, Charlton, Sheff Wed, the league will be stronger next year, so we need to act to strengthen.

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    Kevin Bailey

    Tuesday, May 8, 2012

  • Is this interview with Paul Jewell a sign that Town are struggling to sell season tickets. I agree that clubs must reduce the level of debt they have. It is a sad day if 13 Championship clubs are close to going into administration. This will be a very interesting close season for Town & their transfer targets.

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    Neil Gedny

    Monday, May 7, 2012

  • im certainly not expectin any high profile signings either. but what i do expect is some younger hungry players brought into the squad to freshen things up a bit.

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    andy

    Monday, May 7, 2012

  • Cyril: Kennedy – 950K; Healy 70K; Martin 1.7M; Delanely 850K; Priskin 1.7M; Edwards 1M; Fullop 800K; Leadbitter 2.5M; Scotland 950K not to mention agents fees, bonuses, wasted wages and money paid to get rid of Priskin and Healy early (and one or two transfers I might have forgotten). Then there’s the wages and fees for the army of loans he had to bring in due to calamitous squad building: Rosenior; Stern John; David Healy; Livermore; Ranieri; Townsend, O’Dea; Colback; Daryl Murphy and probably more I’ve forgotten. The guy was a disaster. Magilton was a bit better but still blew nearly 8M on what was largely mediocre – especially when our genius leaders allowed the best (except Walters) to leave for free: Roberts 250K; Civelli 1M; Miller 5K; Walters 150K; Lisbie 600K; O’Callaghan 70K; Balkestein 180K; McAuley 1.5M; Norris 2M; Quinn 400K; Stead 600K; Wright R 500K; Wright D 200K. So, poor ol’ Marcus has blown over 18M on 1: not replacing Magilton straight away and 2. listening to whatever numpty recommended Keano. That’s why PJ hasn’t had hardly any money (not that I think he could be trusted with it either). And imagine what Royle could have achieved with 18+M!

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    Pete James

    Wednesday, May 9, 2012

  • 12 months too late

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    The original Victor Meldrew

    Monday, May 7, 2012

  • Hey, Mr Jewel, if you mean what you say (for a change!!??), get on an aeroplane this week, take an early holiday and head for Alicante. Over the next few weeks take a road trip south as far as Almeria. You will be able to take in 2nd Division games at Hercules (Alicante based), Elche, Real Murcia, U.D. Almeria and even lowly Cartagena. I think you may just spot some bargain talent.

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    DaveJS

    Monday, May 7, 2012

  • Brian, so he is the only manager for that to happen to is he, at least if he gets us up ME may be able to sell the club and we get somebody who wants to invest.

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    Cyril Baker

    Wednesday, May 9, 2012

  • Cyril, you have named Cresswell and JET as two excellent signings by Jewell yet, as usual you have conveniently ignored his failings, Bowyer, Ellington, Ingemarsson, R.Wright. However, Cyril, the 'jury's still out on JET'

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    Brian Betts

    Thursday, May 10, 2012

  • If this is a great place to live, why hasn't Jewell and his family moved here? 13 clubs in this division on the brink of administration Mr Jewell? are you sure that it isn't 14? We are looking for bargains? so is every other club in the football league. "We are a great football club" Correction ! ! ! We used to be a great football club before ME arrived with Clegg and now you. If you have only spent just under £2M since the sale of Wickham for a reported £8.1M, where has the remaining £6.1M gone? Has it been used Mr Jewell, to pay for the 'over the hill' & unused signings YOU have made ? or has Clegg purchased too much paint for the turnstiles ? You couldn't make it up could you?

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    Brian Betts

    Monday, May 7, 2012

  • Keane actually purchased around £9.5mil of players (Leadbitter, Edwards, Kennedy, Priskin, Scotland, Fulop, Healy, Delaney & Martin), whilst selling approx £5mil worth (Garvan, Walters, Stead, Bruce, Haynes, Rhodes & Shumlikowski). Thats a net of around £4.5mil being spent. Magilton spent around £7.7mil, and recovered £2.6- therefore a net in the region of £5.1. Jewell on the other hand has, on first glance, spent around £3.2mil and received £8.1- being a net of (£4.9mil), but taking into account the lost and wasted wages on players that would never have a resale value I guess this could be reduced. Doesn't change the fact that Jewell hasn't had anywhere near as much to spend as RK or JM. Stunning really that, although Jewell appears incapable of nurturing his own young players, in JET and Cresswell he has 2 examples of good purchases and a sign of what younger players can do if given a chance. I just wish he would back his youths and back himself when signing younger players.

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    I am Spartacus

    Tuesday, May 8, 2012

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