Jewell reveals his goalkeeping plans for next season

IPSWICH TOWN manager Paul Jewell has confirmed that he will be happy with just two goalkeepers next season.

Brian Murphy has been linked with a move to Queens Park Rangers after rejecting an offer by the Blues to extend his contract beyond next month.

This leaves Marton Fulop and Arran Lee-Barrett, who has agreed to sign a new two-year-deal to stay at Portman Road.

“I’m always looking to improve my squad but I’m happy with Marton,” said Jewell, who has played the Hungarian international in the last two matches.

“Brian (Murphy) was offered reduced terms, and he has done what he thinks best.


You may also want to watch:


“I have not seen an awful lot of him, but he is a good professional and these things happen and you move on.

“A football club always survives after players – and managers – have left.

Most Read

“Goalkeeping was one area where we were too heavy last season.”

It is understood that a back room reshuffle has seen the departure of goalkeeping coach James Hollman, reserve team manager Chris Kiwomya and fitness coach Simon Thadani with Kiwomya’s position dictated by a decision just to play friendly ‘reserve’ games in 2011/12.

“It is a horrible part of my job making decisions on people’s futures,” added Jewell.

“But sometimes a change is as good as a rest and every manager wants to bring in fresh ideas and have a fresh approach and I am no different.

“It happens in football clubs - people leave and others take their place.”

Jewell is keep to get players whose contracts extend beyond this summer on longer deals during the close season.

“I want to be proactive in this,” he said. “Letting contracts run down causes its own problems as we know from experience here.

“I want players to focus on at least two years and not just one year. I want players to stay but if they don’t want to be tied down they can be moved on and get others in.

“Players have got to show they want to be here.

“They have all been sent away with individual programmes for summer targets they need to reach,

“If they don’t agree they can see me and we won’t fall out about it.

“If this club is going to improve we have to do better than we saw this season.”

Dave Cawley, who was given a one-year deal a year ago after coming out of the academy, is not being offered a new deal and joins Reggie Lambe and Billy Clark from the same age group leaving the Blues.

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter