Derby boss Jewell explains Wigan departure

New Derby County boss Paul Jewell has explained why he walked away from Wigan Athletic at the end of last season.

"I was never ill. I was never in a straitjacket as some people might have thought," said the 43-year-old. "All I wanted to do was walk away from Wigan with my head held high.

"There were absolutely no health reasons. I just wanted a rest from football and I'm not ashamed to say that.

"I enjoyed my time and I'm refreshed and hopefully I can come back a better manager.

"I've taken my time out of football to reflect on how I can get better. That time has not just been spent playing golf, as some people might think, I've done a lot of travelling and watched a lot of football to try to improve myself as a manager."

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