Paul Jewell keen to widen Ipswich Town’s scouting network

IPSWICH Town manager Paul Jewell says he would like to widen the club’s scouting network.

Last November, the Town manager added ex-Bolton defender Mark Seagraves, a fellow former Liverpool youth player, and former Everton man Andy King as full-time scouts alongside chief scout Steve McCall and David Hamilton, the latter a member of his Derby and Wigan staffs.

However, within a month, King took up the role of assistant manager to Aidy Boothroyd at League Two club Northampton Town.

Former Luton and England man Mick Harford was set to replace King but he was given the chance to replace one-time Town coach John Gorman as Karl Robinson’s assistant at League One side MK Dons before even arriving at Portman Road.

“People keep on ringing me asking me to give them a job because every time I offer someone a position someone else gives them a job!” joked Jewell.

“We’ve got three full-time scouts at the moment and we’ve got three or four part-time. It’s an area which you’re always trying to improve but at the moment we’re just going to stick with what we’ve got.”

He continued: “There wasn’t too much wrong with it (last season). I wanted to have more full-time scouts on the ground to get more games covered – not just analysis of the opposition but also to have a wider variation.

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“When people are doing things part-time people have other jobs and they can’t go to Scandinavia, they can’t go abroad or up to Scotland. When you’ve got three full-time scouts they go wherever we tell them to go.

“They’ll go or we’ll go. We went to Scandinavia a couple of times in the summer to watch games. It’s not just tip-offs, it’s just watching games.

“They might go away for four or five days just to take six or seven games in. They might come back and say that there was no one they fancied, but it’s never a waste of time because you’ve got a knowledge. It does take time to build that up.”