Jewell has four or five players targeted to come in by August
IPSWICH Town manager Paul Jewell today revealed that he has identified four or five players he wants to bring in and bolster chances of promotion to the Premier League.
But it is likely to be the summer before he adds the extra firepower and a touch more quality that he feels he needs to make a long term impact on the npower Championship.
Although Jewell will continue to look to bring in loan players – he had two enquiries turned down by Premier League clubs last week – his main objective is to have a fully fledged promotion-seeking squad at his disposal by the time the first ball is kicked in the 2011/12 campaign.
“I am not here on a six month deal,” said Jewell.
“I have a two and a half year contract and success is not going to happen overnight. It is a long term job.
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“Before the start of next season I have four or five players in mind that would come in and bring us something extra, and the current players are looking for me to do that.”
Strikers are obviously Jewell’s main priority after scoring just one goal in the last three games that Ipswich have mainly dominated although he is more than happy with progress being made.
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He went on: “When I was at Wigan and got promoted to the Premier League we had Nathan Ellington and Jason Roberts and one or two others scoring a lot of goals.
“And if you look at Cardiff, Nottingham Forest and QPR this term, they all have players who can get you 15 to 20 goals.
“If we can get that, we have got half a chance.
“We need someone who is going to get on the end of all those chances we are creating. You need to be brave to score goals sometimes.”
Jewell has again confirmed that once his team gains eight more points and reached the accepted safety figure of 50 points he will start planning for next season – and this means getting down to talk new deals with the 21 players who will be out of contract in June.
“Yes that includes the ones in the team right now and people like Colin Healy,” he said.
“The sooner we can do it the better. We have got to stay in this division, which was my initial remit and then we can relax and take a more long term view.”
Jewell sees no reason to have a go at his players after entertaining supporters with an exciting brand of football at the weekend that only lacked a finished product.
“But if you miss chances you must still ensure that you get something out of a game,” he added.
Dean Richards, who died aged 36 at the weekend, was at Bradford City at the same time as Jewell and the news of his death came as a shock to the Ipswich manager.
“It puts losing football matches in to perspective,” said Jewell, who heard the news just before the 2-0 home defeat by Portsmouth.
“He was a Rolls Royce and it was obvious that he was not going to be at Bradford long.
“Dean was a smashing lad and an outstanding player who would have played for the full England team if he had not suffered a knee injury in a car crash.
“I would have liked to have gone to his funeral on Friday, but we aqre training and then on our way to Cardiff.”