FORMER Ipswich Town manager Paul Jewell says he regrets not pushing owner Marcus Evans for more money to spend last summer.

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The Blues boss left the club by ‘mutual consent’ in October following a 2-1 home defeat to Derby County. It was the fifth successive game that a lead had been lost, with Town slipping to the bottom of the Championship table following just one win in their opening 12 league games.

“It just didn’t happen for me, but I couldn’t have worked any harder that’s for sure,” said Jewell, speaking on TalkSPORT at lunchtime today.

“When people say ‘I haven’t got any regrets’, I don’t believe them because we all have regrets and things we would have done differently.

“Looking back, I think I should have pushed it a bit more in the summer for some more money to spend.

“We ended up with too many loan players because of that. It was a mistake and that was down to me.

“It was my job to push the owner (Marcus Evans) harder because I think, if I had pushed him, he would have backed me.

“I was looking at clubs like Portsmouth and Rangers though (both of whom went into administration) and was conscious of not putting the club in a similar position.”

Jewell also confirmed that he played a part in Mick McCarthy getting the manager’s job at Portman Road following his departure, adding: “I have got so much feeling for the club and I do believe it’s in good hands with Mick (McCarthy) and the owner.

“The relationship I have with Marcus Evans meant that, when I left, he wanted me to have a say.

“I won’t say who the two candidates were, but I thought Mick was the stand-out one. He was out of work, is dead straight and he’s gone in there and given the players a lift.

“I do think they’ll have to spend a bit of money in the summer to improve the squad though if they’re going to stand a chance.”

11 comments

  • Finally, an admission from Jewell that he wasn't any good. "Couldn't have worked any harder". So, much like David Beckham taking a maths test, you can try all you like but if you haven't got the ability then it makes no difference. Quite why he's still chirping on about us and claiming to have appointed his successor is beyond me - do one Jewell!

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    Tom Conder

    Thursday, January 24, 2013

  • Would Mr John (Cobbold) have appointed him? Not a chance me thinks. Sorry this was a poor choice made by a club apparently lacking in a real appreciation in the qualities that make a good manager. It was clear to a significant proportion of the fanbase - but the nwhat do we know? mmmm....sitting out in the rain and snow, watching below par performances from below par players managed by.....oh I could continue but please...let's just look to the future?!

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    Blue and true since 1962

    Thursday, January 24, 2013

  • Jewell is trying to perpetuate the myth that we are somehow the poor relations of the championship whereas many have built useful teams with a fraction of the money afforded him. At the start of his tenure he wasted funds on over the hill mercenaries for his outdated Dads Army philosophy. He started a system whereby our own players were loaned out to make room for incoming loanees. Various players were played out of position & our youngsters either ignored totally or dropped after one bad game or for some tenuous reason. Favouritism was rife & the only standard apparently applied was how they performed in training - with scant regard given to how they played in competative matches. Add to this that he was tactically naive & any ideas rooted in the past & this explains why a vast majority rated him our worst manager ever. And just when we thought we'd eventually got rid of his legacy we are informed that ME asked his advice on a replacement. It almost beggers belief to think that any man sacked for incompetance should be asked for his opinion on his most suitable replacement !!!!!!!!!

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    Old Timer

    Thursday, January 24, 2013

  • Oh dear.!some people are so gullible. !

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    brisie58

    Thursday, January 24, 2013

  • Well SW, you will be able to write quite a few more boring articles if you run through a few more managers. Personally I think PJ, a decent chap who panicked and just lost it..

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    JOHN BURLS

    Thursday, January 24, 2013

  • John Burls@ I have no idea whether or not Paul Jewell is a decent bloke as I have never met him - although I trust your opinion. However the fact you think he lost it and panicked surely indicates he was not up to the job.

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    SussexTractorBoy

    Thursday, January 24, 2013

  • Perhaps someone should tell him that money is not the answer. You have to also know what to do with it and how to manage what it will buy. George Burley was a better manager without money available and just look at the number of Premiership managers that cannot get the best out of their expensive players. An honest appraisal of the Jewell era is that he just was not up to it.

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    SussexTractorBoy

    Thursday, January 24, 2013

  • He could have asked, I do not believe he would have got it, as MM is now in the process of finding out. Our squad is at an all time low in regard to quality and numbers.

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    Cyril Baker

    Thursday, January 24, 2013

  • John Burls@ I have no idea whether or not Paul Jewell is a decent bloke as I have never met him - although I trust your opinion. However the fact you think he lost it and panicked surely indicates he was not up to the job.

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    SussexTractorBoy

    Thursday, January 24, 2013

  • well said guys he was a joke. he should have been fired last year. with mm we might be near the top now. funny thing mm had no trouble finding ipswich.lol

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    mike benham

    Thursday, January 24, 2013

  • Yer right, bet he wasn't slow in coming forward when he was negotiating his settlement money though. Sounds like another slow day at the EADT office. Just checking to see if they're are any cats stuck up our tree. Here Kitty-Kitty

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    floridaboy1

    Thursday, January 24, 2013

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