Jewell is bored with contract talk

IPSWICH Town manager Paul Jewell says that he is fed up and bored with contract issues.

He feels they are dominating the current situation at Portman Road and taking away credit from two good performances that have brought victories in the last two Championship games.

Jewell inherited a complex contract scene and after rookie keeper Ian McLoughlin has been told he will not be given a new contract in the summer he still has 20 other players out of contract on June 30.

“It would be nice to get the better players signed up to stop all this ridiculous speculation and comment,” said Jewell.

“It is more of an issue with the media than it is with me.


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“Other people are making more out of it than the players and myself with the players being comfortable with the situation the same as I am.

“When players come to the last six months of their contract things are always going be difficult.

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“I appreciate that supporters are the lifeblood of the football club and I accept that they want to know.

“Hopefully they can trust me and I will do whatever I think is right to move the club forward.

“I won’t be able to please everybody with every decision, but I can assure fans that decisions will be made in the interests of taking the club forward.”

Jewell has confirmed that he is looking to keep midfielder Jimmy Bullard next season.

But he admits that there is a big financial hurdle to clear before any deal can be struck.

Bullard’s parent club Hull City allowing the Blues to have the player on a season-long loan and paying over half his reported �42,000 a week wages is the most likely route to the talented 32-yaer-old being with Ipswich in 2011/12.

Bullard still has two years left on his contract at the KC Stadium but has made it clear that a move to Town would appeal, and that money will not be his main objective.

“We are speaking to Hull to see what the situation is,” said Jewell.

“It’s a difficult deal financially obviously, but if we possibly can make it work, we are interested in trying to do so.”

Jewell has offered Colin Healy and Brian Murphy new contracts and is waiting to see whether the deals will be accepted.

“I have spoken to the two lads and we are making them an offer,” said Jewell.

“Colin is a terrific lad and a good player. I know he wasn’t in the picture much before I came here but he’s done well and I’d like to keep him.

“Brian has been injured and it’s always tricky when a new manager comes in and a player has been injured.

“We’d like them to stay but whether they are here next season is down to the players.”

On-loan midfield Kieron Dyer will be eligible to face Crystal Palace at Portman Road in a Championship fixture on Saturday after confirmation that his current deal with West Ham does not run out until midnight on Saturday.

Whether Dyer stays longer with his home town club – and even into next season – remains to be seen with Jewell adding:

“We’ll have a chat with Kieron and see if we want to move it forward and if he wants to move it forward.”

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