JEWELL EXIT: Mick Mills would “never” turn down Ipswich Town

IPSWICH TOWN legend Mick Mills revealed he would never turn down a job offer at the club, no matter how minor the position was.

Former Stoke and Colchester boss, Mills, has not had a management role since being joint-caretaker of Birmingham City, 12 years ago.

However, several Blues fans have put his name forward for a footballing role at the club, along with other former Town legends such as Terry Butcher and Paul Mariner.

The 63-year-old made 591 appearances for the club during a glittering era in which Town won the FA Cup and UEFA Cup but while the club is dear to his heart, the former Ipswich and England skipper stressed he was not searching for a role at the Championship club either.

“I like the club very much and sometimes I feel like I have got something to offer,” he said.

“If there was a role available, no matter how minor it was, then I would be interested in working with whoever was ultimately chosen to replace Paul Jewell.

“I would never turn down a job offer at Ipswich Town but on the same front, I am not going in search of one either.”

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Mills has been a regular observer of Town’s fortunes this season, as a pundit for BBC Radio Suffolk, and while he appreciates the club is in a precarious predicament, the former defender has urged owner Marcus Evans and chief executive Simon Clegg not to make a rash decision when appointing Jewell’s successor.

Rock-bottom Town host fellow strugglers Sheffield Wednesday, in the Championship, on Saturday and Jewell’s assistant, Chris Hutchings, is expected to take temporary charge.

“Chris Hutchings is a decent man and a good coach who has also been a manager,” Mills added.

“The club is in decent hands and we can take our time, so let’s open the doors and offer the job to the nation.

“Let’s find out who is available and who is interested in the job. There may be one or two people that we have never heard of but we must not miss out on anyone if they are the right person.

“The last two occasions, the club appointed a new manager within hours of the previous one leaving, and I think that was a little bit hasty.

“If it takes two or three weeks, then so be it. I would rather the process take two or three weeks and the club appoint the right manager rather than two or three days and the club make a wrong decision.”

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