D-Day for Paul Jewell as he ponders his future as Ipswich Town manager
PAUL Jewell will today decide whether he is the right man to rescue Ipswich Town from a potential relegation scrap – if he hasn’t already done so.
The Blues boss yesterday admitted he would spend the aftermath of Town’s 2-1 defeat at Hull – their 10th match without a win – questioning whether he should quit.
And while we understand owner Marcus Evans is not considering sacking Jewell, the manager spent last night with his family in the Leeds area mulling over his own future.
Jewell said he would talk to Evans and close friends before making a decision but the frank, honest and public assessment after yesterday’s loss suggests he could very well call time on his managerial career at Town.
This would leave Evans – whose own role in the Blues’ footballing crisis must be called into question – with something of an unusual quandary.
The Town owner has always been pro-active in his managerial hirings and firings – something even Jewell had alluded to in the past.
While never confirmed, it is widely believed the appointments of Roy Keane and then Jewell were largely set in place before the dismissals of Jim Magilton and then Keane.
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And speaking in January, when his own position was again under threat, Jewell admitted: “If I got the boot tomorrow (Friday) and a manager came in Monday or Tuesday, I think that’s the right thing to do – you almost have to have a contingency plan.”
While Evans would have spent the last few weeks seriously considering whether Jewell was the right man, the fact he backed the boss in the last fortnight with five new signings suggests he planned to give the present incumbent one final chance to prove his worth.
It might be too little too late with Jewell asking himself some soul-searching questions.
He is also perhaps wondering why the owner didn’t offer the same support during Town’s frugal summer break when they spent just �300,000 on new players and started the season with a promising but far-too-youthful squad.
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