Ipswich Town manager Paul Jewell concedes he is under huge pressure following ‘pub team’ display at Burnley
IPSWICH Town manager Paul Jewell admits he is now in danger of getting the sack following an embarrassing 4-0 thrashing at fellow-strugglers Burnley.
Just goal difference keeps the Blues out of the Championship relegation zone following six straight defeats.
And this latest loss was the worst of the lot – the woeful visitors failing to register a single shot, while they have now leaked 17th goals in five games.
With Roy Keane axed by owner Marcus Evans soon after six straight league defeats last season, an ashen-faced Jewell conceded: “I’m not stupid, I know that if you lose six games on the bounce you aren’t going to be flavour of the month.
“I hope Marcus still believes in me, but if he thinks it’s best to make a change then that’s entirely up to him. I just want what’s best for Ipswich.
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“As I said when I joined I think it’s a long-term project and I’ll keep going and keep fighting – that’s all you can do.”
A loyal 319 Blues fans made the long trip last night, with Jewell apologising to them afterwards for what he called a ‘gutless’ display.
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He said: “I’m embarrassed walking past all those supporters that have come all that way to see that garbage.
“I’m proud as punch to be manager of Ipswich Town, but I think some of my players just see it as another game.
“It isn’t just another game, there are people who have done a 500-mile round trip tonight, probably had a day off work to put up with that.
“It’s unbelievable that a team which not so long ago was looking like a decent team now suddenly looks like a pub team.
“I’m the manager and I carry the can, but some of the things that are happening on the pitch – I just don’t know where they are coming from.
“We haven’t got any leaders. I’m looking round that dressing room at half-time thinking it’s almost damage limitation – I can see it in their eyes.”
– See tomorrow’s EADT and Eveing Star for full match report.