Paul Jewell calls for patience in Premier League player pursuit

PAUL Jewell has warned that his transfer dealings could go right to the wire.

But the Blues boss believes changing his own personality could lead to Town landing their top targets ahead of the new season.

Supporters of the Championship’s longest-serving side have grown tired of being asked to show patience.

But Jewell insists it could work in their favour and land the Blues some Premier League talent – if they are prepared to play the long game.

The manager explained: “What I have tried to learn over the years – and I didn’t always do it last year – is try and be patient. I don’t want to rush into anything just because people expect us to sign players.

“We have to be patient and make sure we get the right targets. Maybe if you wait the extra week or two weeks, the right players become available rather than just taking a player because of the sake of it.

“I would love to have all the players I want in now but I know that’s impossible. I have spoken to numerous Premier League clubs and they all say they want to give the lad the pre-season, take him on tour, and then decide what to do with him.”

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The new approach advocated by Jewell is at odds with his strategy last season which by his own admission saw him rush into new signings.

And it also means changing his own personality, as he explained: “I have had to adapt. I am not a very patient person, if I am being honest. I have tried this close season more than ever to be patient.

“I am getting messages every day from agents saying this player is available. The ones I want I am prepared to wait to get them.

“If I don’t get them, I do have a Plan B. But if we get the players I want, I will be a happy man.”

With Elliott Hewitt the only new face to date, Luke Chambers is expected to sign on the dotted line in the coming days while Jason Scotland has also agreed a new one-year deal to remain at Portman Road.

* “11 years in the Championship, failed promises, hopes dashed, the Super Blues have certainly shown their fair share of patience.”

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