Ipswich Town manager Paul Jewell is surely now on his last legs following his side's 10th Championship game without a win. The Tractor Boys last tasted victory on 21st August and Tuesday night's painful last-gasp defeat at home to Derby leaves them rock-bottom of the league and four points adrift of safety. Rumours were rife that Jewell had quit following Saturday’s loss at Hull but he ultimately decided to remain in charge. Those rumours resurfaced following the club’s most recent defeat, thrusting Jewell’s future back in the spotlight.
The last three defeats have been particularly difficult to take. Ipswich had led each of their matches against Cardiff, Hull and Derby only to lose in heartbreaking fashion in the final moments of every game. Jewell was not present in the post-match interviews in the aftermath of the Derby defeat, with assistant boss Chris Hutchings forced to quell rumours that he had quit the club. Luck is simply not on their side and Jewell now heads into Saturday's match at home to fellow strugglers Sheffield Wednesday under immense pressure, in what could prove to be his final match in charge of the Suffolk club.
Speculation has turned to who could replace Jewell in the Next Ipswich Town Manager betting market. As things currently stand the former West Ham and Charlton boss Alan Curbishley is the early favourite. Harry Redknapp is surprisingly in the mix, as our Billy Davies and George Burley, while the recently sacked Owen Coyle is also rumoured to be a contender.