Jewell seeks Ipswich top flight push

PAUL Jewell, one of the worst managers, statisically, in Sheffield Wednesday's recent history, has been appointed the new boss at Ipswich Town.

The former Wigan boss, who won just 12 of his 38 matches in his eight months in charge at Hillsborough, signed a two-and-a-half-year contract at Portman Road yesterday.

Out of work since resigning as Derby chief after a 1-0 defeat by Ipswich in December 2008, Jewell's will not take charge of the Tractor Boys until after Wednesday's Carling Cup semi-final first leg engagement with Premier League heavyweights Arsenal. Coach Ian McParland will continue to look after first-team affairs.

Jewell is targeting promotion back to the top flight and said: "I've had a few opportunities to come back in but this one ticked all the boxes and I can't wait to get started.

"I have what it takes to get sides promoted. There are no guarantees but I can promise that there will be no stone unturned in guiding this club to promotion which is the long-term target."

Jewell has steered Bradford and Wigan into the Promised Land of the Premier League and he could ask Chris Hutchings to be part of his backroom staff after he was recently axed by Walsall.

Ipswich owner Marcus Evans added: "I wanted to appoint a manager with several years of experience behind them who also had a history of promotion and then staying up. I have been lucky enough to find a manager in Paul who has done that twice and pertinently with two clubs that had never been in the Premier League.

Meanwhile, ITV West Country have apologised to both Bristol City and Sheffield Wednesday for the camerawork at Saturday's FA Cup third-round match.

Wednesday romped a 3-0 victory at Ashton Gate but the televised match highlights failed to capture Neil Mellor's goal or the cross from Chris Sedgwick for Gary Teale's opener.

An ITV West Country spokesman said: "We have spoken to the camera operator involved in filming the match on Saturday and he admits that he temporarily lost concentration.

"He deeply regrets that he missed Sheffield Wednesday's second goal and is especially disappointed because it's the first goal he has ever missed.

"We apologise to both clubs for the inconvenience caused."

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