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New Ipswich boss Jewell will not be in charge in Carling Cup semi

Recently-appointed Ipswich Town manager Paul Jewell will not be in charge of his new players for Wednesday night's Carling Cup semi-final first leg against Arsenal.

The former Derby County boss was this week named as Roy Keane's replacement but will not step into the hands-on stuff until after caretakers Ian McParland and Tony Loughlin take care of business against the Gunners.

"I'll watch the Arsenal game from the stands. I'll let Charlie and Tony get on with the job," he said.

"I'll give the staff that are already here the respect to take the game. It's a big match, but the league is more important."

And Jewell admitted he was not looking to change the world at Ipswich just yet, but was simply focused on trying to turn things around slowly.

"The club has the facilities, the fan base and the tradition," he added.

"I've had good experiences and bad experiences in management. Hopefully they have all made me stronger.

"There are good players here, and I need to get them to believe in themselves. But I'm not going to try and change the world overnight.

"If we can get players confidence up, I'm sure we can look up. I can guarantee that no stone will be left unturned.

"A few smiles need to put on a few faces, and hopefully that will happen."

Andrew Slevison
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