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Hutchings Set to Be Jewell's Town Assistant
Hutchings Set to Be Jewell's Town Assistant
Friday, 14th Jan 2011 16:17

Town boss Paul Jewell looks set to appoint his former Bradford, Wigan and Derby assistant Chris Hutchings as his number two at Portman Road. Hutchings, 53, was sacked as manager of Walsall last week and was always expected to be reunited with Jewell at Town.

Jewell said: “I’m going to bring in a senior coach to work alongside me. That will happen next week.

“Chris is a terrific coach and we’ve enjoyed success both at Bradford and at Wigan. Chris is most certainly well in the frame.

“I’ve got a couple of people to speak to and hopefully I want to get it nailed down no later than Tuesday if I can.”

The new Blues manager has already brought in his former Bradford strike partner Sean McCarthy as a coach and says the one-time Truro City boss has enjoyed his first two days at Playford Road: “I played with Sean, he was the greediest striker I’ve ever played with.

“Sean will work alongside us. He has great enthusiasm, a good knowledge of the game and he’s loving every second of it.”

Jewell confirmed that Darren O’Dea will be on loan until May and he will look at Rory Fallon and Jake Livermore’s situations next week: “I think Darren’s is done to the end of the season, I think that was agreed before I got here and I’m quite happy with that.

“Rory’s loan is up next weekend. I’ll speak to Rory and I spoke to Peter Reid yesterday and we’ll make that decision next week.”

Jewell will have the on-loan Pablo Couñago and Lee Martin watched when they play for Crystal Palace and Charlton respectively this weekend, while Town’s third loanee Kevin Lisbie is ineligible to face the Blues for Millwall.

The new boss, who will also talk to people at the club who know more about the players involved, confirmed that Town can recall any of the loanees from their spells if he wants them.


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Big_Foot_Blue added 16:23 - Jan 14
Glad to see his old sidekick coming here since they tend to work well together. Also good to know we can get any loan players back when we want. Personally I dont like Lisbie and think Counago is now too old for us however under the right management Lee Martin definitly has potential and since we are paying him huge wages I'd quite like to see if he could do a job on the left for us.
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MaySixth added 16:28 - Jan 14
A decent assistant manager at last. This can only be a good move.
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blueherts added 16:30 - Jan 14
The jigsaw is taking shape
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clive_baker added 16:36 - Jan 14
Good news about Hutchings.

Also good news about O'Dea although I still dont think he's a left back. Excellent in the middle but I think McAuley and Delaney are good together. Nice to have as back up though.
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BlooooCD added 16:37 - Jan 14
Yeah Lee Martin has potential I'm sure under the right management!
Pablo - Sorry chap, way past your best.. so best of luck!
Lisbie - pi$$ poor always stood in the middle of the park with hands on hips like a double handled tea-pot - Seeeee ya!
Excellent appointment with a knowledgeable assistant at the club at last.
AND a manager that appoints an assistant that will be listened to, what a blessing! Bloooooooo Army - 2-0 town win on Saturday!
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Bluetone added 16:37 - Jan 14
Like a breath of fresh air blowing away the last season and a half. I have a good feeling about the future of my club.
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depressed added 16:51 - Jan 14
Great news all round
Good luck for tomorrow.

Any news on Gary Ablett ?
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Seasider added 16:55 - Jan 14
PJ just said on Ipswich player that he is looking to bring in one more coach(see above)but also confirmed that ftb rest of coaching staff remain,that presumably includes the fitness coach,who by the amount of running players did on Wednesday,seems he is doing a good job
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Mark added 17:02 - Jan 14
This is really good news, as the Jewell-Hutchings parnership worked wonders at Bradford and Wigan. Having loan players watched too, this all feels so much more decisive and professional than the last regime.

I am surprised the O'Dea loan deal is done, as it was reported on this site four days ago (after Jewell's appointment) that O'Dea said this was still up in the air. Oh well, let's see how he gets on if selected.
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muhrensleftfoot added 17:11 - Jan 14
Keep Livermore. Let Fallon go back to Plymouth. He's done OK I suppose, but I don't think he'll ever be better than average. We're well covered with 4 decent strikers in Priskin, Scotland, Wickham & Murray. Just need the service to them, which due to poor tactics from the previous manager, never happened. Don't bring Lee Martin back, he really is a waste of space, nor Lisbie. Could bring Pablo back, but perhaps that's me being sentimental.
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bluecrossy added 17:23 - Jan 14
Lee Martin is a good player. Definitely spent too much on him but at this moment in time we could really do with a Left sided midfielder as someone ridiculously chose to send Andros Townsend back to Tottenham. Either that or PJ brings in a replacement.
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4dy added 17:24 - Jan 14
glad he's the assistant, bloody crap manager!
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KangarooBlue added 18:09 - Jan 14
The only good thing I can remember Lisbie doing was getting the penalty against scum
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h32 added 18:40 - Jan 14
I think some people will have certain reservations about Hutchings - but friendship and pairings are throughout football, for good, bad or indifference.
Time and results will prove a point - but I personally could have been slightly more impressed than I am right now.

Good Luck to everyone associated with the team against Millwall and for the rest of the season.
A win tomorrow would be a great start for PJ - and of course we need it.
Let's forget Arsenal for now.
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Suffolk_n_Good added 18:51 - Jan 14
Good news, I feel more positive about our situation, than at any time in about 3 years!! COYBs!!
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Warkystache added 19:46 - Jan 14
The Hutchings/Jewell partnership look to play football properly. It might take a while (next season I'm guessing) but I'm looking forward to seeing what they do. I'd love Wally Downes in as defence coach as well, but perhaps that's being a bit greedy.

You never realise just how down you were until things start picking up, do you?
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Eggroy added 19:50 - Jan 14
At last a decent assistant manager again! Something Keane could never attract.

This gives me even more optimism for the future now! COYB!!!
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jas0999 added 20:25 - Jan 14
Very interesting. Firstly love the fact that these coaches/manager are strikers - remember the Royle days? Games finished 5-4! Great entertainment.

Re the loan players. Sounds as though the O'Dea deal was already done. The others I suspect will go back. I may be inclined to recall Martin and see if Jewell can get the best out of him. I wouldn't bother with either Lisbie (one of the worst players I have seen for Town) or Pablo (always been a fan - but past his best!).
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Handsome_Lizard added 20:43 - Jan 14
This is the begining of bright future, may take time but it will be worth it.
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itfc1878 added 21:08 - Jan 14
great news:)
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slowerball added 21:25 - Jan 14
Lee Martin is poor, lightweight & cost too much, in transfer fee & wages. But, we are stuck with him to some degree - he's our player. Not his fault by the way. Same with the other boys involved, they are on our books. PJ et al need to assess all their options and look at all currently contracted players, whether they are here or elsewhere.

As for Hutchings... Every manager (in fact everyone in life) likes to surround themselves with folks that they know can do a geat job, you can trust and rely upon. Let's hope this is a recipe for success.
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michaeldownunder added 21:47 - Jan 14
Maybe playing martin in a 5 man midfield would get the best out of him?
I'm sure Charlton are not paying a very high % of his wages so why not have him
back instead of a loan player just making up the No.s and sitting on the bench each week
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PJewellisaGod added 00:41 - Jan 15
Lee martin is very popular at Charlton and they regard him as a key player. Remember, Keane wasn't that keen on using wingers, so we may not have seen the best of Lee Martin. He has an impeccable background and should (in theory) be a top player. If he's doing well, we should bring him back and try and get the blue and white spirit back into him. He has produced some scintillating runs at Charlton and they very much want to keep him.
As for Hutchings, sounds really good. Important PJ brings in his own people as quickly as possible and thats what he's doing. Like the fact he's decided to stick with Chris Kiwomya,-the guy is blue all the way through.
CONTRACTS!!! GET THE KEY PLAYERS TO SIGN!!!!
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TractorRoyNo1 added 02:24 - Jan 15
didn't hear many people complaining about 'charlie' on wednesday night!



MaySixth added 16:28 - Jan 14
A decent assistant manager at last. This can only be a good move.
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Back_The_Boss added 03:32 - Jan 15
Good news indeed, this is where Keane went wrong in his management because you always need others around you.
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