Paul Jewell a 'long way' from Ipswich Town sack

Ipswich Town chief executive Simon Clegg has insisted the club are "some distance" from considering Paul Jewell's position as manager.

The Portman Road side have slipped from the Championship's top six to the brink of the drop zone in under three months.

"Of course there has to be a tipping point. But we are some distance from that yet," Clegg told BBC Look East.

"I'm not going to put my finger on a particular moment in time. That would be unhelpful for everyone involved."

He continued: "But I think we all recognise you get to a point where do you reach that tipping point and beyond that you do have to make some decisions. But we're a long way from that point at this moment in time."

Jewell was appointed Town boss 12 months ago to replace Roy Keane, who was sacked following a dismal run of results.

The former Wigan boss steered the club away from the Championship relegation places and went about making eight permanent signings for the new campaign.

Despite his limited success so far, Jewell has been guaranteed funds to spend this January.

"The manager continues to enjoy the full support of the owner and that will include going into this window with money to buy new players if that's what we need to do," said Clegg.

"Obviously things aren't going well at the moment. So we have identified some areas of weakness and Paul is looking at those at the moment."

And Clegg has remained defiant despite fans expressing their lack of confidence in both him and the manager.

In a poll conducted by the East Anglian Timesexternal-link 79% of over 1,000 supporters said they believe Jewell should leave following Monday's 3-1 loss at home to Nottingham Forest.

But the chief executive defended his manager, saying: "I don't support that view. I've seen the poll. I've read it with interest. I've seen the number of people who responded to it.

"What we need to do at this moment in time is put all our efforts into turning around what's happening on the pitch."

The same poll found that 39% of supporters feel that Clegg is the "biggest problem at the club".

"That's the first time that position has been articulated in that particular way," said the chief executive.

"I talk regularly to supporters and I have yet to have any feedback like appeared in the article.

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