‘Ultra-positive’ Marcus Evans won’t need to sack me says Paul Jewell
PAUL Jewell has insisted he has been given no time-frame to stop the dire run of defeats that is destroying Town’s season.
But he is also experienced enough to know when the time is right to walk away from a job that he is so passionately committed to.
Despite enjoying the backing of “ultra-positive” owner Marcus Evans, Jewell admitted: “I have seen most things and I know you can’t carry on losing matches.
“All I would say is that I am doing my best and if my best isn’t good enough then I know the consequences.”
When asked if he would ever consider walking away, the Town boss added: “You never say never, but it is not in my mind at the moment. I said after the Burnley game I only want what’s best for Ipswich Town.
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“If me and the owner sit down and we have lost another few more games, and I think its best for the team, he wouldn’t have to wait to sack me.
“But I really don’t want to get to that situation. I want to be sitting here in three weeks time and we have won three games. That’s the way I look at it.”
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On the eve of tomorrow night’s testing trip to Barnsley, a side who have won their last four matches, Jewell continues to have the backing of the reclusive Evans – despite some tricky conversations.
He explained: “The owner hasn’t intimated to me that I am under pressure. He has a long-term view for the club, so have I. I speak to him all the time, he is ultra positive, optimistic for the future, and not just this season, but beyond that.
“We have had some very difficult phone calls, ringing up the owner and speaking when you have lost 7-1, lost 4-0 at Burnley.
“But he has been nothing but supportive and I hope I can repay the support he has shown me.
“Hopefully I can be here for a long time – and I want to be because it’s a fantastic football club and I will be giving it everything I’ve got. If that’s not good enough, there’s nothing I can do about that.”
Meanwhile, Jewell has called on his players – experienced and young alike – to improve their decision-making ahead of the trip to Oakwell.
He explained: “I think the whole team is edgy. Players make decisions on the pitch and a lot of the decisions we have made in the last month have been wrong ones – and costly ones. But that happens when you are going through a bad spell.
“We are all in this together rather than blaming the experienced or young players.
“The manager ultimately takes responsibility and I think the whole team and the whole group just needs a win to lift everyone’s confidence.