Talks ongoing over Town job

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IPSWICH chief executive Simon Clegg has revealed he and owner Marcus Evans began the process of identifying successors to outgoing manager Paul Jewell “weeks” ago.

Jewell, boss at Sheffield Wednesday in 2000–2001, left Portman Road after a third consecutive loss, against his former club Derby, extended Town’s winless streak to 10 matches and left them bottom of the Championship.

Clegg said: “We’re very clear in terms of the type of individual we want. Marcus and I have been brainstorming for a number of weeks what would happen if we got to this scenario. So we’re not completely cold going in to trying to find a new manager.

“That process, in some respects, has started by the identification of the various candidates and now those discussions will be ramped up going forward.”

Jewell replaced Roy Keane as Ipswich boss in January last year.