Nathan Ellington hints at relief over Paul Jewell departure

NATHAN Ellington has admitted he is not too disappointed by the departure of Paul Jewell from the Town hot-seat.

The 31-year-old striker has made just one start under the outgoing manager who brought him to Suffolk on a free transfer last summer.

Now Ellington, who questioned some of the goings-on last season, is hoping to make a fresh start at Portman Road.

When asked whether he was disappointed by Jewell’s departure, Ellington told Sky Sports News Radio: “I wouldn’t say I am disappointed, but I wouldn’t say I wanted him to leave either.

“I think it was coming – it was something we were expecting to happen – (but) I do feel sorry for the gaffer that he has not been able to turn things around.

“I would just say that I was not getting an opportunity to play under him and any player who isn’t getting an opportunity would obviously like to see some kind of change.

“He is not someone I don’t like, it’s just that, opportunity-wise, he wanted me to move on.

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“I want to be playing so if there is something that makes me play, I want that to happen. That’s the way I feel.”

Ellington has made 17 appearances from the bench and is regarded by many supporters as one of Jewell’s worst signing in 21 months at Portman Road.

But the experienced frontman, originally signed by Jewell for Wigan, said: “We really wanted to do well but it is just the results haven’t happened – that’s the way it is.

“Last season was a different story.

“When we went through the bad patch, a lot of us were unhappy about what was going on. I would definitely say the manager had improved a lot since last season – it is just the results.”

Ellington is now hoping for improved fortune under a new man, adding: “When you look around the changing room and you see the quality we have, it is really puzzling that we are in the position we are in.

(The change in manager) gives everyone a fresh opportunity, whoever comes in, to try and show what they can do, to play and help the team. That is what I want.”