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Jewell: I won't quit

23 September 2012

Under-pressure Ipswich manager Paul Jewell is refusing to quit, despite his side sliding to a 2-1 defeat at home to Charlton.

Johnnie Jackson and Ricardo Fuller were on target to ensure the Blues, who scored when Jason Scotland's speculative effort deflected in off Leon Cort, have now lost four of their seven league games and only won once. Harry Redknapp is already being touted as a possible successor to Jewell; the former Spurs boss is close friends with Ipswich owner Marcus Evans.

"I'm annoyed and I know I'm not very popular at the minute. But I'm not going to run and hide," Jewell said.

"It's not nice and it's a horrendous place to be (second from bottom). But all I can do, and all I will do, is keep doing my job to the best of my ability; until I'm told otherwise. I'm not going to quit. It's not an easy situation but I'm not going to chuck it in."

When asked about the Redknapp rumours, Jewell added: "I don't know if I'll keep my job. You're asking the wrong man. If Harry Redknapp is going to become manager of Ipswich then that will happen. What can I do about it? If Marcus Evans wants to put Harry Redknapp in charge he can do it. He can do what he likes.

"The only way I can affect that is by working as hard as I can to try and get it right. Until I'm told differently I won't run away. You've got to face up to challenges in life and this is certainly a challenge for me and my family. But I'll dust myself down, come in and prepare for the Barnsley game."

Delighted Charlton boss Chris Powell believed his side were good value for their three points. He said: "It's been a tough time for ourselves and Ipswich.

"We both saw it as an opportunity to get back on track and I'm delighted we came out on top. Over 90 minutes we deserved it. It was a sterling performance from all my players. We'd lost our previous three games but gone close, although I know I can't keep saying that. You've got to get points.

"The last half-hour against Derby (on Tuesday night) showed what we can do in this league. I asked my players to show what they could do for longer than 30 minutes and I felt they did that.

"I'm really pleased for everyone connected within our club."


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