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Derby boss Jewell: Flash Sav not the issue

Derby County boss Paul Jewell insists he isn't bothered about Robbie Savage splashing out £160,000 on a new motor.

The midfielder turned up to training on Wednesday in a new Mercedes, custom-finished in the club's colours, despite the public dressing down he received from his boss for his performance in the 2-0 defeat at Wigan on Saturday.

"I didn't know he had a new Mercedes," said Jewell, who drives a company Range Rover. "But my car's better than his anyway. Sav had a flash car before he got here. All the players have flash cars, it's the Premier League. 'Premier League player has flash car...' shock, horror. It's not about cars.

"I haven't got a problem with people having nice cars. What people do on the pitch is my concern.

"It's when people drive flash cars and think they've cracked it. That's more of a problem. Robbie's been there, seen it, done it and although he's having a tough time at the moment, he will come strong again."

Jewell, however, recounted how Mick McCarthy, when manager of Sunderland, stripped Michael Gray of the captaincy after the left back turned up in a Ferrari when 70 of the club staff were being made redundant.

"It's about having a bit of decorum. If 70 people are getting laid off, leave it a couple of days before you come into the club in your Ferrari," said Jewell.

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