No arm-band for you, Jimmy!

PAUL Jewell is set to make a late decision on who to name as Ipswich Town skipper at Doncaster Rovers tonight – but it won’t be Jimmy Bullard!

PAUL Jewell is set to make a late decision on who to name as Ipswich Town skipper at Doncaster Rovers tonight – but it won’t be Jimmy Bullard!

Regular skipper David Norris is set to be sidelined for at least a few matches, after twisting his ankle and knee during the early stages of Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Barnsley.

A short-term successor is therefore needed, but Jewell was not planning to make a decision until this morning.

The identity of a new skipper was not high on Jewell’s list of priorities, but bubbly Bullard can rule himself out of the equation.


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“Jimmy as skipper? No chance!” joked Jewell, when the possibility of Bullard donning the captain’s arm-band was mentioned during yesterday’s Portman Road press conference.

“Sometimes people can be vocal and be quite a big personality in the dressing room, and yet not wear the arm-band.

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“I think Jimmy would forget to go and toss up, or else he probably wouldn’t make his own mind up whether to say it was heads or tails!

“No, you wouldn’t give Jimmy the arm-band, because he’s a natural as he is,” added Jewell.

Bustling midfielder Bullard has made a big impact, since his loan move from Championship rivals Hull City at the end of last month.

He has certainly made a big impression in the dressing room, as well as on the pitch, with his lively personality and his passion for playing-the-fool.

But the responsibility of taking over from Norris, on a short-term basis, will fall to someone else.

Fellow central midfielder Grant Leadbitter wore the captain’s arm-band, following Norris’ 15th minute departure at Oakwell, although that was news to Jewell!

“I didn’t know who took over the captaincy when Chuck (Norris) went off,” confessed Jewell.

“The skipper is probably less important to people these days. And I haven’t really thought about it yet.

“I said this once at Derby – that I would take the names out of a hat - and it came out in the papers. I said this laughing and joking, and it made the Daily Mail!

“Jimmy Bullard won’t be getting it, because his name won’t be going in the hat.

“There will only be 10 names going in, and they will all be the same person.

“But hopefully it will be a short term thing, with Chuck (Norris) coming back soon,” added Jewell.

Colin Healy is set to replace the injured Norris in central midfield, while Jason Scotland might be preferred to Tamas Priskin up front.

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