Jewell wants to make Ipswich’s ‘brilliant’ fans proud
IPSWICH Town manager Paul Jewell is desperate to give the club’s ‘brilliant’ supporters a team they can be proud of.
The Blues boss believes that – while other sets of fickle fans can quickly build unrealistic expectations – he has the backing of some of the most patient and sensible supporters in football.
And he is very much thankful for that considering the number of false dawns which the Portman Road faithful has witnessed over a decade in the Championship.
“Nobody has got patience in our society anymore,” said Jewell, whose side climbed into the play-off places with an impressive six-game unbeaten run, only to drop back down to 14th following three straight defeats.
“Whether it’s sport, business, whatever – everyone wants instant success now, regardless of how big or small they are. There’s a lack of realism in the world. Very few people stop and think ‘we’re doing alright here’.
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“Look at Wigan. When I was there no-one ever dreamt they would get up in the Premier League, so for them to now have been there for seven years is unbelievable. Now they are bottom of the league and those same people that never dreamt they would watch Liverpool, Man United and Arsenal have suddenly decided that’s not enough for them any more.
“The next one will be Stoke won’t it? Their fans will be moaning at Tony Pulis because they’ve fallen out the top eight.
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“Sometimes in life you have realise how big your club actually is and what should be deemed success for them.”
He quickly added: “I’m not talking about us – fans are right to expect us to be higher than 14th in the second tier.
“This place has had a lot of mediocrity and I can understand that people are getting fed up. They keep being given hope and then being let down.
“Our supporters showed last weekend (clapping Billy Sharp’s goal for Doncaster after the death of his newborn son) that they are decent people though. We were 3-0 down at half-time and they still got behind us in the second half.
“I’ve got no argument with Ipswich fans, they’re great. They love the club and they’ll be here a long time after we’ve all gone.
“They’ve been brilliant with me and I’m desperate to give them a team they can be proud of.”