IPSWICH Town owner Marcus Evans is keen to learn from his mistakes.

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Ex-boss Paul Jewell has revealed that he met with his former employer recently to discuss what went wrong during his 21-month regime.

And the outcome seems to have been that the club’s reclusive owner regrets tightening the purse strings back in the summer.

“I had dinner with the owner, Marcus Evans, last week in London and we tried to go back and look at where we think we got things wrong,” revealed Jewell, speaking on a Sky Sports Sunday morning panel show.

“I think possibly in the summer we should have strengthened. We tried to strengthen, but we couldn’t strengthen for different reasons – hence we had so many loan players.”

Jewell departed the club by mutual consent after a return of just seven points from the opening 12 games of the season left them rock-bottom of the Championship table. His replacement, Mick McCarthy, has already masterminded a return of 16 points from a possible 24 to lift the club five points clear of the relegation zone. Only second-place Crystal Palace have equalled that record in the Championship over the last eight games.

“I’m delighted Mick’s got them going,” said Jewell. “I had a bit of a hand in getting Mick the job. Marcus was asking me my opinions of certain managers..”

Reflecting on his time at Portman Road – which started with a good run at the end of the 2010/11 season, continued with a disappointing 15th-place the following campaign and ended with a dismal start to this one – Jewell said: “I’ve really got a great feeling for the club. There are lovely people that work there, great supporters, great facilities – but I felt (moving on) was the right thing to do for the club.”

Meanwhile, Jewell – who spent more than a year out of the game before Ipswich came calling – said he was not actively looking for a quick return to management.

– Next Monday marks the fifth anniversary of Marcus Evans’ arrival at Ipswich Town. Send us your views on his time at the club to: sport@eadt.co.uk

23 comments

  • Frank, you at least have something in common with ME in that you both appear to have regarded PJ highly. I greatly appreciate one of PJ's actions and that is when he left ITFC 'by mutual consent' and in doing so possibly saved the club from relegation THIS SEASON. Now let's forget him and move on please.

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    Brian Betts

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

  • Frank, how do you define "healthy state"? By any objective measure, the club was in a weaker state than when PJ arrived. We were bottom of the league and crowds were lower than when PJ took over. In addition, what possible evidence do you have that "Paul Jewell will always have a special place in the hearts of most Town supporters"? Just before he was sacked, he was mercilessly booed off the field by 17,000 of them. Don't confuse PJ being a decent man (which we can all see) with him having been a successful manager of this club. He was not. He steadied the ship after Keane, but then presided over a decline that led to his dismissal.

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    Tom

    Tuesday, December 11, 2012

  • I've never met him but I get the impression that Paul Jewel is a decent bloke, the problem is that these days the average modern overpaid footballer doesn't appreciate a decent bloke. They don't respect discipline and treat kindness as a weakness because they get paid too much without having to really work for it.

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    Big Spot

    Tuesday, December 11, 2012

  • Well said, Frank. Memories are short. When he took over from RK, PJ kept Ipswich in the league with shrewed loanees. Those with the understanding of football management appreciate Paul Jewell's stewardship.

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    Keith Adams

    Tuesday, December 11, 2012

  • Graham Garrod you seem to be missing something with the very selective arguement you are making. Already under his short tenure MM has misfired on two very notable occasions. Remember Leicester 6-0 and Crystal Palace 5-0 that is also Mick McCarthy's legacy - or should we blame that on Paul Jewell too?

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    FRANK WESTON

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

  • for me mr jewel was the poorest manager in the clubs history i go back to the time we were relegated under sir alf,add to that a very poor c.e.o and we still have a very long way to go,MICK THE MAN is a good start COYB. PS how do you feel this morning CLEVER CANARY.

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    david peters

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

  • So PJ's not actively looking for a quick return to management.That'll ease the minds of many people...

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    Deep Throat

    Tuesday, December 11, 2012

  • First thing ME could do to show the fans he has learnt from his mistakes is to release the funds to take DJ Campbell on a permanent deal.

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    felixblue

    Tuesday, December 11, 2012

  • Keane and Jewell just didn't cut the mustard, and as for PJ leaving the club in a much healthier state, if being bottom team in the Championship is healthy you could have fooled me. Against Millwall they played football as it should be played for the first time this season, and I am sure will continue to play like that for MM.

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    JOHN BURLS

    Tuesday, December 11, 2012

  • Frank Weston. Even the name makes us laugh. Your thoughts on Jewell are the craziest I have read on here. You believe that Jewell enjoys a special place in the hearts of most Ipswich fans. Why ? What did he do right here ? He put the clubback years and would have got us relegated had he stayed. MM has achieved more in a month than Jewell did in his whole tenure. The reason is MM has a clue how to get the best out of Jewells collection of players. Soething Jewell could never do. Just remember Peterborough and Norwich results. Thats Jewells legacy.

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    graham garrod

    Tuesday, December 11, 2012

  • Cyril. I am not defending Keane, but it is clear that despite your and Franks remarks, Jewell was the worst manager this club has ever had. Yes worse than Duncan and Milburn. He no more saved the club from relegation than you did. On every level Jewell was a complete disaster who should never have been appointed. He brought in loads of players that only MM can get to look like footballers. He presided over the Peterbourgh debacle and let other minnows humiliate ITFC ..to defend him at all is laughable. Check his results ask who would like him back .

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    graham garrod

    Tuesday, December 11, 2012

  • Tom Condor is obviously the last person ME should speak to, as he does not have the sence to realise who put the existing team together. I am not saying he was a good manager for the modern game but just look at what he left for MM compared to what Kean left him with.

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    Cyril Baker

    Tuesday, December 11, 2012

  • Frank - when Jewell left we were adrift at the bottom of the league - having not won at home all season - the team was - & still is - overloaded with loanees. Our own players weren't given a chance & MM himself identified 'bickering & backbiting' amongst the players & generally low morale throughout. You say he left a good squad but either these were not selected - were short term loanees - or played out of position. Paul Jewell was a disaster for this club & by the time he left 82% wanted him out so not sure where this idea of most fans having a 'debt of gratitude' comes from.? I'd rather hoped we could forget the Jewell era & don't particularly like critisising him after he's gone - but while you keep harking back to the previous time of Keane & still trying to blame him for everything - then it is relevant to look closely at these supposed achievements of Jewell.

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    Old Timer

    Tuesday, December 11, 2012

  • Graham, I am afraid you have your seasons muddled up. PJ in fact saved our clud from relegation when he took over from the clown prince Roy Keen.

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    Cyril Baker

    Tuesday, December 11, 2012

  • Paul Jewell will always have a special place in the hearts of most Town supporters and Mick McCarthy has inherited a good squad of players thanks to P.J. and all it needed in the end was a bit of Yorkshire grit and some fine tuning. I wish to place on record my appreciation of everything that Paul Jewell did for this wonderful club and unlike Roy Keane, he has left it in in a much healthier state then when he first arrived.

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    FRANK WESTON

    Tuesday, December 11, 2012

  • This reminds of a situation where the gamekeeper meets with the poacher to establish where his employer's pheasants had gone to !!!!!!! The common denominator in ME's 5 years at ITFC is that he has not got a 'football man' as CEO and if progress is to be made he should consider this position and fill it with a person who has experience and knowledge of the game and who could advise him on the management of his purse strings. He must, surely, now realize that Premiership status cannot be achieved on the cheap with an'army' of loan players and must allow MM a budget for new players of our own, whether it be some of the present loanees or fresh faces. Whilst it is very encouraging to see what MM has achieved in such a short time it must be obvious, even to ME, that we are likely to go backwards again if or when some of the present loan players return to their own clubs.

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    Brian Betts

    Tuesday, December 11, 2012

  • I cannot believe people are still trying to defend PJ.

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    felixblue

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

  • Why oh Why do some posters keep talking about Paul Jewell.He is history now,and thank The Lord .Lets just look forward to the future of this great club and give Mick and the club our support,even though I see some people are still having a dig.

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    brisie58

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

  • At last the owner appears to see the lighht, lets see if he backs this up in Januyary, I still have my doubts, but will be happy to be told I was wrong. Most of the 8 million he got for Wickham is still in his pocket.

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    Cyril Baker

    Tuesday, December 11, 2012

  • Cyril, don't you see the irony in your statement (which is true) that PJ saved us from relegation when he took over from Keane, only to almost certainly take us down had he himself not been sacked?

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    Tom

    Tuesday, December 11, 2012

  • Oh Jewell - please just go away. Mr Evans - i'll tell you what went wrong. You employed a manager who is unable to get the best out of players and is unable to coach them to be better players. He has a history of success only when he has been allowed to buy in the 11 first team players that he wants and you didn't open the purse strings to buy the ones he wanted. Same with Roy Keane. With McCarthy - he DOES have a track record of getting the best out of his players AND coaching them to be better players. Let's hope that you have learnt from your mistakes (back McCarthy in the next 2 transfer windows and tell Clegg to take a back seat) and also that Mick has learnt from his so that WHEN he gets us promoted, he is able to adapt to the demands of the Premier League and be more encouraging to his players when they're in a higher league. That advice is free - drop me a line when you have any more big decisions to make at the club

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    Tom Conder

    Tuesday, December 11, 2012

  • I think Frank Weston is a Norwich fan, Would PJ still have been good for the club if he stayed and the town went down?

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    bald_mammoth

    Tuesday, December 11, 2012

  • All very nice and cuddly.. maybe not addressing the right back problem, playing players out of position would be a good place to start. Nice bloke I am sure, but being nice doesn't make you a decent manager. Still, I would like to wish him well for the future.

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    Vanmunt

    Tuesday, December 11, 2012

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