Scotland admits boss faces a ‘massive’ job

JASON Scotland has one word to sum up manager Paul Jewell’s job this summer – “massive!”

JASON Scotland has one word to sum up manager Paul Jewell’s job this summer – “massive!”

Scotland certainly does not envy the task that lies ahead for his boss, in the quest for new players and a winning formula.

Ipswich Town’s marksman will be looking to add to his 10 goals for the season in this afternoon’s final game of the campaign, at Leicester City (kick-off 12.45pm).

Scotland would like to overhaul leading scorer David Norris (11 goals), who is set to play his final game in a Town shirt before he leaves Portman Road on a free transfer. Defender Gareth McAuley might also be on his way next week.

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These departures, coupled with Town’s season of under-achievement, leaves Scotland in no doubt that some tough months lie ahead for Jewell.

“He’s got a big job, a massive, massive job. It’s massive!” stressed Scotland.

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“Players might be leaving and he will want to know who he has for next season. We need to get in players, and you can’t get good players on the cheap.

“So it’s going to be difficult. I can’t stress how hard it is going to be for the manager.

“I’ve been through that, because I was close to (Roberto) Martinez at Wigan and Swansea, I know it will be difficult,” added Scotland.

The 32-year-old former Trinidad & Tobago international, who arrived last summer from Wigan for �750,000, wants to stay at Portman Road for next season.

“I haven’t spoken to the manager yet, though I have another year left on my contract,” explained Scotland.

“I hope to speak to him in the next few days to see what his plans are for me.

“I want to be here for next season. There should be new players and new faces, and some might be leaving.

“The manager wants to be in the top half, pushing for promotion, and I obviously want to be a part of it.”

Jewell has stressed that his priority is to secure the services of at least one new striker this summer, which Scotland welcomes.

But Town’s No.10 also reveals another kind of player that Jewell is targeting.

“The manager wants speed in the team,” continued Scotland.

“I think we lack this. The gaffer has said to us that he wants pace out wide on the flanks. That is one of the factors that we have missed, and I am not a pacey guy.

“So it’s a massive job for the gaffer, I can’t stress that enough!

“His job starts now, trying to gain players. But I’m not the manager, so I will be going on my holidays.”

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