It feels like the whole world is against us, says Paul Jewell
Middlesbrough v Ipswich: He’s beginning to feel like the world is against him, but Ipswich Town manager Paul Jewell remains upbeat about the future.
Following a summer of transfer frustration, the Blues boss heads into today’s game at Middlesbrough with just two centre-backs in one of the Championship’s most threadbare and inexperienced squads.
A renewed call for ‘patience’ has not gone down well among the club’s supporters following a decade of second tier mediocrity and little sign of progress in recent years.
However, Jewell believes the long-term picture is now a lot more rosy following his drastic change in recruitment policy from big name stars at the end of their careers to youngsters hungry to prove a point.
“We haven’t been sat here since Huddersfield just having a laugh, we’ve been trying to improve the squad,” said the Blues boss, responding to criticism surrounding his failure to bring in loan reinforcements this week.
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“For some reason it just feels like the whole world is against us at times.
“Whenever it looks like we’re making progress with a player something happens, but we can’t feel sorry for ourselves because there are still 42 games left in this very tough and competitive league we’re in.”
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He continued: “I was looking at our squad and we’ve got 24 pros and something like nine of them are under 21.
“The squad is quite inexperienced. We’ve got a couple of 30-somethings and the rest are at a decent age.
“We can’t just have a team full of young players, but I think they’ve shown in matches the matches so far that they belong here. The likes of Jack (Ainlsey). Ronan Murray, Massimo (Luongo) and Luke (Hyam); we think they’re going to be good players. I think the future is quite bright for Ipswich.
“We’ll go into the game against Middlesbrough with a positive attitude and feeling confident because we’ve done okay so far.
“Even against Blackpool (6-0 away defeat) we were well in the game up until half-time.”
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