Jewell wants 22 quality players at his disposal

IPSWICH Town manager Paul Jewell has confirmed his intention to have 22 quality players in his squad.

“I want to be in a position where I can make changes if necessary and not weaken the side,” he said.

“I’m not one for making too many changes, but I cannot stress enough that it is a squad game these days.

“This is important from Monday to Friday on the training ground and to have togetherness.

“I’m looking at all areas to try and improve the squad to bolster what I’ve got.


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“The lads are doing great and I want them to want me to bring in quality players so they can become a better team.”

Jewell went out of his way to confirm that he is not looking to see any of his better players leave.

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He went on: “I could have moved four or five on since I’ve been here.

“But I want them to stay here and more importantly they want to remain here.

“I haven’t come in to sell players and we’ll be looking to sort contracts out as we go and bring in a couple of fresh faces or so.

“We have quality here, but need to add to that quality.”

Jewell is set to make one change today with Andy Drury set to come in for Jimmy Bullard, who is on loan from Hull and not eligible.

“Andy has shown some excellent touches and if he gets an opportunity he will not let us down,” said Jewell who is set to go 4-4-2 with Jason Scotland and Connor Wickham up front and Drury and Lee Martin wide.

“We’re 13th in the table which as a pitch to where we are is about right.

“I don’t want to dampen our fans enthusiasm, but we have to be realistic.

“One of the great things about this club is the support it receives and it showed what a big club this is by having 800 fans at Doncaster on a rainy horrible night.

“I’d like to see our stadium full, but people are losing jobs these days and I understand their financial situations.”

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