POLL: Paul Jewell praises impact of departing Lee Bowyer – but was he right to release him?

SUPPORTERS might have been split over the impact of Lee Bowyer as an Ipswich Town player this season.

But Blues boss Paul Jewell has sung the praises for the former Leeds United and West Ham midfielder after opting not to offer him another 12-month deal.

The manager confirmed: “We are not offering Lee Bowyer a contract.

“I spoke to him at length over the last couple of weeks. He is a terrific lad and a terrific pro. He has been great around the place, especially with the young lads.”

Jewell hinted that the sticking point might have been Bowyer’s desire to extend his playing career with the Town manager predicting a bright future for the midfielder on the training ground.

He added: “I think he has a good career ahead of him coaching as he has terrific knowledge and he is a real good guy and good role model for young players.

“Whatever he does, he wants to win. He wants to continue playing. I am sure there won’t be a shortage of takers for him.

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“He goes with our best wishes, but we are going down a bit of a younger route.”