TV nasty could put off potential signings

IF you’ve been approached to sign for Ipswich Town Football Club, please look away now.

Manager Paul Jewell will be wishing such a warning was given out on television ahead of Town’s embarrassing 7-1 capitulation at newly-promoted Peterborough in front of the Sky cameras on Saturday.

‘We want our on money back,’ chanted the 1,346 away supporters – and they have a case following a wholly unacceptable display.

Having seen his side concede 12 goals in the space of five nightmare days against newly-promoted clubs – Southampton were 5-2 victors at Portman Road last Tuesday – the embarrassed Blues boss labelled his defence ‘shambolic’ and conceded that a number of his players ‘aren’t worthy enough’ to play for the club.

The problem is Jewell has already been beaten to a number of his top targets in recent weeks.


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And it will be an even tougher task now to persuade players – particularly defenders – to risk their reputations by joining his confidence-rocked squad with just over a week to go until the transfer window closes.

Today he’ll try and get free agent Jimmy Bullard back to return to the club in order to instill some much-needed character and creativity, but with two Premier League clubs also interested it looks set to be a losing battle.

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“I was sitting there in pre-season thinking we was probably a couple of centre-backs away from being alright,” said Jewell, who started five of his eight summer signings on Saturday. “But now I’m thinking we are a quite a few players away from that.

“This really is the most frustrating time in my managerial career when it’s come to getting players.

“I wish you could come in my office or sit in my car to see just how long I am on the phone every day trying to make things happen.”

If Town really are that desperate to splash their cash, they could start by reimbursing those supporters who paid their hard-earned cash to sit through Saturday’s debacle at London Road.

– Full match report and reaction in today’s EADT and Evening Star.

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