Jewell adopts same work ethic as Keane

IN Roy Keane’s first press conference after being named Ipswich Town manager in April 2009 he surprised many among the hordes in attendance when asked about his managerial style.

“I shall not tolerate my players being late and I want them to work hard every minute they are through the door,” was Keane’s response.

This showed a potential lack of significant coaching and individual managerial skills. And so it proved.

So it is a little worrying to Blues supporters that Paul Jewell’s description of his managerial demands is that his players must give everything every day.

But while Jewell may have similar traits with his predecessor his record of leading two clubs to the Premier League – Bradford City and Wigan Athletic – suggests he has the ability to go that extra yard that Keane found impossible.


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While Keane met the hopes of club owner Marcus Evans to promote his worldwide business interest, Jewell is much better suited to satisfy the hopes of success-starved Blues fans.

“I want my players to give everything every day,” said Jewell. “All the players here will start with a clean slate.

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“It will be a bit of a battle with confidence currently low with every league game from now to the end of the season having to be treated like a cup final.

“Apart from Alan Quinn, who I worked with briefly at Sheffield Wednesday, I don’t know any of the Ipswich players and there will be no pre-conceived ideas.

“They will find me honest and straight and looking to help them improve the situation they are in.

“I’ve had my ups and downs in management and where I have made mistakes I am planning to improve.

“Over the last two years out of football I’ve kept in touch with the game, and I had a few opportunities to get back in before.

“This job is the right one for me and I’ll do my best.

“I make no guarantees but you can accept that there will be no stone left unturned.”

Jewell does not officially take over the team until tomorrow with Ian McParland in caretaker charge of the side against Arsenal in the Carling Cup semi-final first leg at Portman Road tonight (kick-off 7.45pm).

“It’s in the best interests of the team that Ian and Tony Loughlan take charge tonight,” added Jewell.

“They know the players and I don’t. And that’s important for such a big game.

“It will be less distraction for the players this way, and I will be in the stand.

“It’s a great feat to have got this far and to stage such a high-profile visit from Arsenal. But the biggest thing this season is the league.

“Our results in the Championship will be of paramount importance.”

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