Paul Jewell unfazed by picking new Ipswich captain

IPSWICH boss Paul Jewell has admitted he hasn’t thought too much about who might replace Grant Leadbitter as captain in tonight’s match against Burnley.

Leadbitter is set to miss his first league match of the season after injuring his groin in Saturday’s 3-2 defeat by Reading.

While Jewell has to decide who will replace his skipper in midfield – with Jimmy Bullard and Lee Bowyer both in contention – he also has a dilemma over who should wear the armband.

Loan players Danny Collins and Keith Andrews could be considered while Bowyer or Ivar Ingimarsson are other options.

But Jewell admitted: “I haven’t thought about it too much. As I’ve said before, football captaincy isn’t hugely important.


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“When you see goalkeepers being captain – like at Liverpool – I think sometimes it’s just giving someone an armband. I don’t put too much emphasis on being captain, you can be a captain without having an armband.”

Jewell will certainly place more emphasis on who should replace Leadbitter if, as expected, he doesn’t make the trip to Turf Moor.

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Bullard, who was sub on Saturday, and Bowyer, dropped completely, will both be hoping to get the nod.

And Jewell revealed: “Both players were disappointed but took it as it was. No player can play every game these days, we just changed the formation round and someone has to be dropped or rested, or whatever you want to call it.

“They are no difference to anyone else, I just had to pick a team which I thought had the best chance of winning the game.

“I’ve never been one for making too many changes. I always find that the teams that are winning matches they very rarely get players rested.

“We’re just searching a little bit for a our formula though, we found something that worked with the diamond for a few games and now we need to find something else.”

* No problem with Bowyer and Bullard fitness-wise

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