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Jewell: Town's Stability Key
Jewell: Town's Stability Key
Tuesday, 11th Jan 2011 08:35

New manager Paul Jewell says that Town’s off-field stability was one of the reasons he took the job at Portman Road. The Liverpudlian, who was unveiled at a press conference yesterday, had difficult spells at Sheffield Wednesday and Derby, clubs which had boardroom issues during his time in charge.

Jewell said: “I think stability is a key thing. The Sheffield Wednesday and Derby scenarios didn’t go right for me. I do think there are mitigating circumstances in both, but I’m not here to pretend that things didn’t go badly there, they did.

“But I’ve learnt a lot from that. There’s no in-fighting at Ipswich, there are no boardroom squabbles, I don’t even think there’s a boardroom here!

“You’ve got a guy who is putting his money in and there’s one man who makes the major decisions and I’m going to work very closely with Simon.

“There are a lot of things that were going on off the pitch, politics which become tiresome and drag supporters down.

“We don’t want that," he continued. "We want supporters talking about the team and hopefully moving forward, rather than talking about this director or that director, or that used to happen in the old days. Let’s move forward and get people talking and excited about coming to watch Ipswich Town.”

Jewell was evidently impressed with owner Marcus Evans when he met him at his Dublin offices last Friday: “He’s obviously very ambitious, I nearly walked past him because, like everyone else, I didn’t know what he looked like!

“He’s invested a lot of time and a lot of energy and a lot of money in football. But he knows that things take time.

“I don’t think the Ipswich Town public have anything to worry about with the owner because he’s 100% committed to getting success here.”

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meekreech added 11:58 - Jan 11
My big worry is in the words uttered by SC re supporting PJ in the same way ( for signings ) as he did for RK ! Does this mean PJ will list players he would like and then watch the deals not be made ( as we were led to believe ) due to financial restraint ( more likely than being due to location ) with transfer fees and wages !
My hearing of SC was like a repeat of when he introduced RK with very few words changed so I now take more time in thinking over renewing my season ticket or other spending until I see positive signs of financial support for PJ ! He will need all the support and luck that was not there for RK ( and I did not think RK was the man for us ) with a lot of decisions ( some of them his ) various officials ( club and FA ) going against us !
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bluelady added 12:26 - Jan 11
we did support Keane financially to begin with but poor decisions meant he was not backed anymore (really at that point i guess he should have gone). Also its not always about how much is spent, Blackpool proove that - it seems to be some of the most successful championship managers have done it on a shoe string and actually big money signings can destroy a club.
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BotesdaleBlue added 12:28 - Jan 11
More very sensisible coments from Paul. I really like what I've heard so far and am feeling optimistic again for the first time in a fair old while.
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brian_a_mul added 12:41 - Jan 11
Clegg & Evans backed Keane fully in his transfers during his first summer with Martin, Leadbitter,Priskin & Edwards. Keane identified the players and Me/SC gave them the contracts they wanted. This turned out to be not so wise as Martin was given a crazy contract and will probably cost this club millions over the next few years. Im sure the other lads are on decent money too.
Its no surprise that the SC and ME were more cautious second time round. "Once bitten, twice shy" as they say. And rightly so!
Maybe the likes of Derry & MaCormack asked for high wages which is likely. They were both good performers at their respective clubs. Dont forget that the transfer fees/deals were in place. Also Keane put in place a "locality" clause where players must live in the area which may have frightened off some potential players.
If ME says he will give Paul Jewell his backing than I am 100% sure he will do so but within reason. Withs Evans we are one of the more financially stable clubs around. I wish people had more faith in him.
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itfc1981 added 12:58 - Jan 11
bllueeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee ARRRRRRRRRMMMMMMMYYYYYYY
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WickedBlue added 14:57 - Jan 11
Have to admit the more I hear the more I like from PJ....as for the debate on Fallon anyone who doesn't think he is quality really hasn't got a clue...his one fault is he looks for the knock down first rather than having a go at goal....if he was a little bit more selfish his scoring record would go up. PJ being an ex striker could get him to do this as he knows what a striker must do....Buy him PJ the man has been quality and made more than a few doubters on this board look like right mugs......
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