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Former Boss Jewell Appointed Director of Football at Swindon
Tuesday, 11th Dec 2018 13:36

Former Blues boss Paul Jewell has been appointed Swindon Town’s director of football, assisting manager Richie Wellens, who he brought on loan to Town late in his spell at Portman Road. Blues centre-half Luke Woolfenden is currently on loan with the Robins.

Since leaving Town in October 2012 after 21 months shortly after Wellens was signed, Jewell, 54, has had brief spells as assistant boss at West Brom and Oldham, also under Wellens.

“When Richie called me about the job he basically asked: would I help him? And I said I would in any way I can,” Jewell told the League Two club’s website.

“The job is full of pressure and I just said, if I could take some of the pressure off him with agents, watching games or in any way I can then I would.

“You’d have to ask Richie whether it’ll be a help to him, the fact that he asked me to come in it makes you feel good about yourself.

“It’s an opportunity that is coincidental because I played with the chairman [Lee Power] and have seen him from time to time after playing together at Bradford a long time ago, so hopefully, I can help, Lee, Richie and the club improve. That’s what I’m hoping to do.”

Wellens added: “I think one of the main strengths Paul can bring is the analysis in the recruitment of players. One of the most draining things you can have as a manager is working with agents, having players thrown at you all the time.

“It allows me to concentrate on the players we’ve got. I can spend more time with them on the training ground, and then speak with Paul regarding players that could come in and narrow it down to the good ones. We want to try and get them in rather than the mass quantity that get thrown at you.

“He brings his expertise but also his contacts in the game – when Paul Jewell rings you up from another club, he’s a recognisable name.

“He’s not just got an eye for a player but he’s been there and done it at every level which was a draw for me to ask him to come on board and help here at Swindon Town.

“At this stage in his life, I think it suits him that he can be involved in the game but also try and get his golf handicap down - which he wouldn't be able to do if he was on the training ground every day.

"He’s a good guy and I enjoy working with him, we only had a short time together at Oldham because of circumstances there. This time round, we can work together to bring the club forward.”

Woolfenden, 20, is on loan at the County Ground for the season, however, the spell can be cut short in January.

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blueboy1981 added 13:58 - Dec 11
...... they must be desperate.

Swn98 added 13:59 - Dec 11
Wellens added: “I think one of the main strengths Paul can bring is the analysis in the recruitment of players. Hope he does a better job of analysing players for Swindon than he did at Portman Road.

Dissboyitfc added 14:49 - Dec 11
The best thing he ever gave us was the quote when referring to jet, “ one minute he can be a world beater the next he is a panel beater! Hilarious, but we have had enough comedians as managers!

Wish him well though.

brendenward35 added 16:22 - Dec 11
See Jim Magilton is the elite performance director for the Irish FA, got himself a lovely little job and is really enjoying it.
God luck Paul hope all works out for you at Swindon.

Bert added 16:26 - Dec 11
A decent honest guy who lost his way. Good to see him back in the saddle. Woolfenden must return in January unless we have others lined up when the window opens.

Skip73 added 16:46 - Dec 11
Still a better manager than Wurst

istanblue added 17:18 - Dec 11
''when Paul Jewell rings you up from another club, he’s a recognisable name''

That's one way of putting it I guess...

Saxonblue74 added 19:23 - Dec 11
A few ex budgies used to play cricket for my village team around Jewells time in charge at Portman rd. Despite his questionable tenure with us it seems he is pretty well respected in the game. Best of luck to him in his new role.

MickMillsTash added 20:08 - Dec 11
Never Employ a Scouser
Never Employ a Fatty

herfie added 20:16 - Dec 11
Ah, Jewell in the Town!

Liked him as a person.....but never the right fit for us, despite doing his best. Best thing he did was to bring in Cresseell; but also a few others who were in the football equivalent of God’s Waiting Room. Wish him no ill, though (despite being a rabid Scouser!)

Dissboyitfc added 20:18 - Dec 11
MickMillstash..... what about Joe Royal??? Was he not a fat scouser! I loved BFJ and the entertainment he gave us!

blueboy1981 added 20:44 - Dec 11
......... some people obviously have short memories !

blueboy1981 added 20:46 - Dec 11
Just a job for an old pal appointment, not what you know, it's who you know.

Always has been the case, very often will be.

lucytown added 20:46 - Dec 11
God help Swindon

PJewellisaGod added 04:51 - Dec 12
...could end up playing them next season if they get promoted.

Northstandveteran added 10:42 - Dec 12
Another good manager ruined by the poison chalice that is Ipswich town!
It's beginning to seem a little like the England job 😂

MickeyMills added 18:43 - Dec 12
Good luck Swindon

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