Paul Jewell is ‘exceptional judge’ of a player says former Town skipper
JASON De Vos knows all about what makes both Paul Jewell and the Super Blues tick.
And the former fans’ favourite, a leader of men at both Wigan under Jewell and then Ipswich, has today delivered a passionate rallying cry to Town players, the club and supporters alike.
The no-nonsense centre-back remains convinced his former boss is the man to bring the glory days back to Ipswich – if fans remain patient and if the board continue to back him.
But on the day Jewell looks to introduce a Braveheart named Wallace into his ranks, it is De Vos’ warrior-like battle-cry to the current side that should hit home the most.
De Vos said: “You have to get the right blend in the dressing room and have players who will die for each other when they step over the line.
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“When I was at Ipswich, the likes of Jim Magilton and Richard Naylor bled blue and wanted to be successful for the club and the fans. This is something we have to get back.”
Town yesterday had a bid accepted for 19-year-old Scottish centre-back Murray Wallace – and must now convince the talented teen that his future lies in Suffolk with other clubs also tabling offers.
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And former Blues defender De Vos believes Jewell will get things right at Portman Road – both in this transfer window and the future.
He explained: “Paul is an exceptional judge of a player. The team that he had at Wigan was virtually all made up of players brought in by Paul.
“He knows what he wants and he knows how to put the pieces of the jigsaw together.
“These are tough times but you don’t become a bad manager overnight. I hope he is going to be given time at Ipswich, to steady the ship and then move the club in the right direction.
“It is baffling for me to see the side struggling. I had a great experience working with him and I am confident he can turn things around.”