Paul Jewell knows he is not Mr Popular and insists: “We are not good enough”

PAUL Jewell has admitted he will face the challenge of keeping his job at Portman Road head-on.

The Town boss is facing fresh speculation over his job after presiding over five defeats in Town’s last six matches.

Speaking after the 2-1 home loss to Charlton, Jewell admitted he was aware of the growing pressure.

He said: “I know I am not very popular at the moment. All I can do is do my best and work as hard as I can, until I am told different.

“You have to face up to challenges in your life. It is a challenge for me and my family, they are part of it.

“I shall dust myself down and prepare for the Barnsley game.”

While never criticising his players for effort, the deserved defeat on Saturday reaffirmed what Jewell already feared.

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He revealed: “There is no doubt the players are giving everything they have got, but at the moment everything they have got isn’t good enough.

“I understand supporters’ frustrations and they are well entitled to be annoyed – I’m annoyed.

“It is a horrendous place to be at the minute, second-bottom in the league.”

Owner Marcus Evans watched the game on Saturday afternoon and then met with his manager post-match, as is customary.

When asked what reasons he could give to Evans for the slump, Jewell replied: “The owner has been at the game so he can see it himself. There are all kind of different reasons.

“I can’t say we were the better team today – like we were in the last two games (against Middlesbrough and Wolves).

“I will keep going and I expect my team to keep going. I will make one or two adjustments and try and move forward.

“The team, and I include myself in that, is just not good enough at the moment.

“We are a terrific club with great supporters in a really tough league. Until I am told different, I won’t walk away.”