Former Town boss back in football at League Two club
PUBLISHED: 11:31 11 December 2018
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Former Ipswich Town manager Paul Jewell has been appointed director of football at League Two club Swindon Town.
Jewell will oversee recruitment at the County Ground for manager Richie Wellens, a man he signed on loan for Town towards the end of his spell in charge at Portman Road.
The former Bradford, Sheffield Wednesday, Wigan and Derby boss, 54, hasn’t been a manager since departing Portman Road in November 2012.
He was appointed assistant head coach at West Brom in January 2015, but left after less than a week over an alleged pay dispute.
Jewell, who has worked as a regular pundit for Sky Sports, was named assistant manager to Wellens at Oldham at the end of November last year but decided to leave that position little more than a month later.
Speaking to Swindon Town’s official website, Jewell said: “When Richie called me about the job he basically asked: ‘Would I help him?’ And I said I would in any way I can.
“The job is full of pressure and I just said, if I could take some of the pressure off him with agents, watching games, or in any way I can, then I would.
“You’d have to ask Richie whether it’ll be a help to him – the fact that he asked me to come in, it makes you feel good about yourself.
“It’s an opportunity that is coincidental because I played with the chairman (Lee Power) and have seen him from time to time after playing together at Bradford a long time ago.”