Jewell under no pressure from above

PAUL Jewell has insisted he is under no pressure from owner Marcus Evans to deliver Premier League promotion over the next nine months.

On the eve of the new Championship, excitement is building that Jewell’s new-look Ipswich Town side can finally return to the promised land after a break of nine years.

But the man in the hotseat has called for patience among fans and claimed that, unlike some of his Championship rivals, his job will not depend on securing promotion this season.

Jewell explained: “In football, we live in a world where sometimes improvements aren’t enough, but I am under no pressure at all from my owner to get to the Premiership this year.

“We want to get there as quick as possible but I don’t have a magic wand. We have got some experienced players and we are looking to bring in some young players who will hopefully be here for years to come and be part of a successful Ipswich Town Football Club.”

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After West Ham boss Sam Allardyce (pictured below) admitted he would be sacked if he didn’t lead the Hammers to an instant return to the Premier League, Jewell does not have the same intense pressure.

He admitted: “The only pressure on me is the pressure I put on myself to try and win a game. I think the expectations have probably risen and we want them to. But we are not the finished article by any stretch of the imagination.

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“This is a great club and I am really excited about the future. We want to get into the Premier League and if we get there next season, then great. But if it takes a year or two, it is worth the wait.”

See today’s EADT for an exclusive interview with Carlos Edwards, all the latest transfer news and the build-up to Bristol City.

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