Town fans turning on Paul Jewell and Simon Clegg
IPSWICH fans want to see an overhaul at the top of their beloved club, according to more than 1,000 supporters who took part in a record webchat on this site yesterday.
A massive 79% of those polled by www.greenun24.co.uk demanded Paul Jewell leave Town following a string of poor results this season – capped by Monday’s dismal 3-1 home defeat against Nottingham Forest.
But the manager should not be the only one to shoulder the blame according to the polls on the webchat, which attracted almost 1,200 readers.
In fact, fans claimed chief executive Simon Clegg is most to blame for the dire season that has seen Town slip to just three points and two places above the relegation zone after two wins in 12 matches.
Almost 40% of supporters said they believed Clegg was ‘the biggest problem at Town’.
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More than a quarter – 27% – answered Jewell to the same question, and the exact same figure blamed the players directly with mystery owner Marcus Evans attracting just seven per cent.
And in a word of warning to the powers-that-be at Portman Road, a worrying 68% of fans said they would stop going to matches if changes weren’t made.
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Despite the ‘big name’ nature of their squad, Ipswich’s defeat on Monday was their 13th league setback of the season – with seven coming at home.
It was little surprise that 95% of fans thought their side were destined for a relegation battle in the second half of the season, but less than a quarter viewed this as a good thing and a chance to start again.
Jewell yesterday again reiterated his desire to bring in fresh blood to revitalise his depleted and rather desperate squad – but could offer no guarantee of success.
He explained: “We have, and will be, trying to bring the right players into the football club but whether we can do that, I’m not 100% sure at the minute.”
* See today’s EADT and Evening Star for the full round-up of yesterday’s webchat