Town fury at reports

IPSWICH Town chief executive Simon Clegg has slammed reports that Paul Jewell wasn’t the first choice to replace Roy Keane as manager at Portman Road.

IPSWICH Town chief executive Simon Clegg has slammed reports that Paul Jewell wasn’t the first choice to replace Roy Keane as manager at Portman Road.

The Club announced Paul’s appointment on a two and a half year contract on Monday, with the former Wigan and Bradford boss getting the vote from Town owner Marcus Evans and Simon, who had drawn up a shortlist of candidates.

“I have seen one or two names being mentioned as being offered the manager’s job and I can categorically state that was not the case,” said Simon.

“We don’t normally comment on speculation but the reports that Paul was not our first choice are so wide off the mark that I felt on this occasion it was only right to comment.


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“While Marcus and I spoke to more than one candidate, Paul was the only one that was offered the job as Ipswich Town manager. He was our first choice, our only choice. End of story.”

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