Jewell set to change his Ipswich backroom team
IPSWICH Town manager Paul Jewell is set to make changes to his backroom team before the start of next season.
The curtain comes down on another indifferent campaign when Town play their final Championship game against Leicester City at the Walkers Stadium today (kick-off 12.45pm).
It is likely to be skipper David Norris’ last game before moving on and could be Gareth McAuley’s swansong as well if he is passed fit to play.
And there could be others in the team who could well be on their way by the time Ipswich kick a ball again in earnest in early August.
Jewell is expected to go public early next week on the outcome of discussions with out of contract players, and he is also hoping to announce a new signing or two.
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He has targeted five newcomers to give his team the extra firepower they have been lacking this term.
And he has revealed that he is also likely to tinker with his backroom staff.
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“I have not made many changes to the staff at the club since I have been here,” said Jewell.
“But there could be changes from senior down to junior level.
“I have been looking at the whole structure and it is what most managers do after they have been in a job for a while.
“It will be nothing personal, but like players it is important to have the right team in place.”
Jewell is certain to keep his number two Chris Hutchings and coach Sean McCarthy who both followed him to Portman Road in January, but today’s game could be the final one for other members of his staff.
And turning to the changes to the playing side he is planning to make, Jewell went on: “We have a number of targets we are trying to bring in, but are obviously not going to get them all.
“It is important that supporters know that we are not just sitting here thinking we need just one or two new players to have a chance of being better.
“We need four of five quality players to go straight into that team - added to what we have already got.
“I know who can be a part of the squad who will take us forward, and who maybe won’t be.
“I’ve looked at opposition benches over the last few months, and looked at ours. And with respect to our bench, there isn’t too much we can do to change things.
“When our opponents have made substitutions it hasn’t weakened their team at all.”
Jewell has not offered Bermudian international winger Reggie Lambe a new deal. The 19-year-old is on loan at Bristol Rovers.
Jewell said: “I have spoken to Reggie and we wish him all the best for the future.”
Jack Ainsley has followed Luke Hyam and Troy Brown and agreed his new contract offer.