Under-fire Ipswich Town manager Paul Jewell knows the ‘vote of confidence’ can count for little

IPSWICH Town manager Paul Jewell says he is thankful of owner Marcus Evans’ continued support – but he’s experienced enough to know that things can change quickly in football.

With the Blues hovering just above the Championship relegation zone following six straight defeats, chief executive Simon Clegg yesterday gave both his – and reclusive owner Evans’ – backing to Jewell.

“I wasn’t aware of the vote of confidence – or the dreaded vote of confidence – whatever you want to call it until this morning,” said Jewell at today’s well-attended lunchtime press conference.

“Simon Clegg rang me this morning and said ‘sorry, I don’t like to do this, but I’ve come out in support.

“I was speaking to Marcus last night (Wednesday) and he has been hugely supportive of me, but I’m a big boy and I know how it works. Things can change very quickly in football one way or the other.

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“Marcus just told me to keep going, that he’s got a long-term plan for the club and he wants me to be manager. Until I’m told any different nothing changes.”

With Evans having sacked Roy Keane back in January not long after a six-game losing streak, but when that was brought to Jewell’s attention he said: “I wasn’t aware that it was six games on the bounce for Roy.

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“What I did know was that this wouldn’t be a short-term fix. After we beat Brighton at home 3-1 everyone was saying ‘that’s put a smile back on everyone’s faces’, but I was saying ‘just hang on a minute here, we’ve done alright but there are going to be a lot of ups and downs ahead’.

“I’ve been here nearly a year now, yes it feels like we haven’t moved forward much but I think that – over the long-term – we will. I’ve got confidence in my ability and the players’ ability to turn it around.”

He added: “I’m a big boy, I’ve had nearly 550 games in the game and everything that can happen in the game; good, bad or indifferent, I’ve seen it.

“It’s really tough at the moment, but very little comes easy in life. I really don’t feel as if this is a hopeless case at the moment.”

– For all the latest Ipswich Town news, see tomorrow’s EADT and Evening Star.

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