Exclusive: Paul Jewell to remain as manager of Ipswich Town

PAUL Jewell will be manager of Ipswich Town when his former club Derby County visit Portman Road on Tuesday night, the EADT and Ipswich Star understands.

After Saturday’s last-gasp 2-1 defeat at Hull City left the Blues winless in 10 matches and four points adrift of Championship safety, Jewell revealed he would go away and consider whether he was ‘the right man to take the club forward’.

However, having stayed at his family home in Leeds last night, Jewell was present at Playford Road this morning to watch the club’s Under-21 side beat QPR 1-0.

It is not known whether owner Marcus Evans convinced the under-pressure Blues boss to carry on, or whether Jewell simply felt re-invigorated following a night of soul-searching in Yorkshire.

With his side having let slip a 1-0 lead for four matches in a row, Jewell – speaking immediately after his side’s latest capitulation – said: “I want to do what’s right for this club. I don’t want to quit, but at the same time I have to realise what’s the best thing for Ipswich – not just Ipswich, but me as well.

“I have a lot of thinking to do over the weekend – we’ll see where that takes us. I have to think of the bigger picture. Am I the man to take them forward?

“I hope the answers I come up with are positive answers, but I’ve got to be honest with myself and honest with the people close to me.”

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Jewell is due to face the press at lunchtime tomorrow ahead of the visit of the Rams. For up-to-the-minute updates, keep an eye on this website.

– See tomorrow’s EADT and Ipswich Star for all the latest on this story, plus comment, reaction and analysis from the KC Stadium.