Evans will get the best out of me - Jewell

PAUL Jewell reckons that Ipswich Town owner Marcus Evans will get the best out of him.

The new Town manager also wants to do things the Ian Holloway way as he begins his quest to bring the good times back to Portman Road.

Jewell reveals that he is pleased to be answerable to just one man again explaining:

“With one man calling the shots here it makes it easier rather than having so many people involved.

“This is what happened at Derby County where there were a lot of people who wanted to have their say.”


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When Jewell lead Wigan Athletic from the third tier of English football to the Premier League he was working for chairman Dave Whelan, who built the current stadium and had complete control.

The pair enjoyed a good working relationship and with Jewell struggling in his first season after replacing Steve Bruce, Whelan made a point of going into the dressing room and making it plain to the players that the manager was staying.

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Jewell blossomed in this environment gaining two promotions and then staying in the Premier League for two seasons before deciding to stand down.

Having been out of the game for two years after failing to be a success at Derby, Jewell says that he will be better for the break.

“Look at successful Blackpool boss Ian Holloway,” he added. “He has gone on record as saying that he changed his philosophy and saw things more objectively while not involved.

“With more experience behind me there are things that I would have done better. Manager who have been in the game longer than me are looking to improve.”

Jewell bought a residence in the Derby area when he took that job, and he went on: “To put your heart and soul into it you need to be based locally and I will be moving to the area.

“The infrastructure at Ipswich is spot on and the club is ready to go forward.

“But it was at Derby as well, and I’m a big enough lad to hold my hands up and admit my mistakes and that it did not work out for me there.”

And talking about key players Gareth McAuley and David Norris going out of contract in the summer and being able to talk to other clubs, Jewell said: “Everything has happened so quickly for me.

“My priority at the moment is to get points on the board.”

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