DJ Campbell admits Paul Jewell’s job is in the hands of the Gods
DJ Campbell has admitted he has doubts over whether Paul Jewell will still be in a job when the Blues return to Championship action.
The striker became an instant hit at Portman Road on Saturday evening after scoring on his debut – inadvertently handling the ball into the net to give Town the lead against table-toppers Cardiff City.
But the Blues were unable to hold onto a 1-0 lead for the third successive match, losing 2-1 to stretch their winless run to nine matches – and make it just two victories in 16 league games.
Jewell spent 20 minutes straight after the latest – undeserved – defeat in a post-match inquest with owner Marcus Evans with the manager arguably spared the sack on the strength of how his team is performing, despite the results.
Campbell, who only joined the club on Friday morning from QPR, said he was still happy to sign for a three-month loan despite his concerns about Jewell’s job.
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But the striker admitted: “I am aware of the pressure on the manager. That is part and parcel of football – at QPR, one minute the manager was there and then the next he’s gone. You just have to get on with it and be as professional as possible.
“The situation didn’t put me off coming. Paul Jewell is a great manager and a good person, someone who has been about and done good things over his career.
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“But as I say, this is football. If he is the manager then great, if he’s not then we just have to do the best we can. But hopefully he will be.”
Campbell, who started after Jewell rested Michael Chopra, admitted adrenaline got him through after starting his first competitive match of the season.
And offering a ray of hope to hugely concerned Town fans, he added: “The results may not have been the best but the performances have deserved more.
“If we keep playing like that, the results will come and we will start climbing the table.”
Jewell must now spend the next two weeks looking for a way of improving both confidence and then results before Town travel to Hull City on October 20.