Paul Jewell feels Ipswich Town are closer to the promised land

TODAY the Ipswich Star asks 10 questions that are on the lips of every Town fan.

The Blues’ season has ended with the club marooned in 15th in the Championship after Paul Jewell’s master-plan of bringing in big-name, experienced players failed.

But this mediocrity is nothing new with the club finishing in 13th and now 15th in the past two seasons.

The Star has been inundated with messages from concerned fans – who have endured a decade of disappointment – fearing for the future of their beloved club, now the longest-serving in the second tier of English football.

While some supporters are keeping faith in the current regime, the majority who contacted the newspaper are already fearful of Ipswich’s chances of a top-six push next season.

Writing to us on Twitter, Phil Bryant said: “Wasted opportunity – another season stagnating in the pool of mediocrity.”

Fellow fan Paul Tillman added: “Like our weather at present a disappointment. Rare rays of light giving optimism soon replaced by dark clouds.”

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But it was not all doom and gloom with Alex Herbert writing: “Room for improvement next season, five solid championship players and we could have a real promotion push!”

The man at the helm is adamant he won’t give fans any ‘false promises’ but insisted the club were closer to the promised land than they were 12 months ago.

Jewell said: “We’re disappointed, but we are where we are. People want instant success but it rarely happens.

“I enjoy the club and I have a feel for it. The hard part is to get the team right on the pitch.

“I know what it takes to get out of this league – I have done it twice before.

“I’m not going to make any false promises. But I feel as if we are closer this year to having a better squad than we were last year.”

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