Jewell sacked by Ipswich as boss pays price for miserable start to the season
13:02 GMT, 24 October 2012
Paul Jewell has been sacked as Ipswich manager after winning just one of his first 12 games of the Championship season.
Jewell, who arrived at Portman Road in January 2011, leaves with the club rooted to the foot of the table.
Jewell had suggested he was close to quitting at the weekend – after losing to Hull – and did not appear for the post-match press conference after Tuesday's home defeat to his former club Derby.
Axed: Manager Paul Jewell has been shown the door at Ipswich
Paul Jewell v Dougie Freedman
Paul Jewell and Dougie Freedman have very similar records, but while Jewell is out of work following his dismissal, former Crystal Palace boss Freedman was courted by Bolton.
Jewell P 85 W 29 D 18 L 38 – win % 34.12
Freedman: P 90 W 32 D 27 L 31 – win % 35.56
Alan Curbishley is the early frontrunner for the job.
Tractor Boys owner Marcus Evans said:
'Since he first walked through the door here, no one has worked harder
to bring success to this Football Club than Paul Jewell.
'Unfortunately his outstanding commitment has not been rewarded by results on the pitch and having spoken with Paul at length, we feel it’s best for him and the club if we go our separate ways.
'I’m bitterly disappointed – as is Paul – that it has not worked out as we had hoped when he became our manager 21 months ago and I would like to put on record my thanks for his services to the club and wish him every success in the future.'
Jewell, who has also had spells in
charge of Bradford, Sheffield Wednesday, Wigan and Debry, told the
Ipswich website: 'I could not have had any more support than I have done
from Marcus Evans and [chief executive] Simon Clegg. I have enjoyed
working with both of them in my time as Ipswich Town manager.
'We all know that football is a results
business though and I’ve never hidden from the fact that our results
have not been good enough.
Message: Sections of the Ipswich supporters wanted rid of Jewell
Unhappy ending: Derby beat Ipswich 2-1 on Tuesday
'It’s been a privilege to be manager of such a fantastic football club and I want to thank the staff and the supporters for the backing they have given me in my time at the club and wish Ipswich Town the best of fortunes ahead.'
Jewell's only two victories this season – against Bristol Rovers in the Capital One Cup and Watford in the Championship – came back in August and Tuesday's defeat against the Rams was a fourth home loss on the bounce.
Clegg added: 'I am bitterly disappointed that we have parted company with Paul, but we accept that this is in our respective best interests.
'Paul has worked tirelessly to try and deliver the levels of success on the pitch which we all aspire to but the recent results and our position in the table required us to make a change.
'The search for a new manager is well underway and I am confident that we will find the right man to get the best out of the players, both individually and collectively, and lead the team to future success.
'The immediate focus is to ensure we secure three points on Saturday and in this regards I have asked Chris Hutchings to take over as caretaker manager.'