Pearson: Jewell right man for Derby

Derby County chairman Adam Pearson says manager Paul Jewell is the right man in charge at Pride Park.

Pearson, who has retained a 7% stake in the club, revealed it is "absolutely clear" Rams president and chief executive Tom Glick and club chairman Andy Appleby remain fully behind Jewell despite their woeful form.

"I certainly wouldn't have brought them in as investors if I thought there was any question mark over their commitment to Paul and it's absolutely clear that there is a long-term commitment to him," said Pearson.

"Certainly my future is inextricably linked to that of Paul's as well so they are well aware of that commitment."

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Pearson rates the former Wigan boss so highly he is confident he could manage Liverpool - if only he did not have a Scouse accent.

"He is a good man-manager, canny, street-wise, a tough cookie, incredibly hard working and has had a lot of success over the last few years in a lot of hard jobs," Pearson added.

"But he is still in touch with what supporters want. He has his feet on the ground and he has picked a backroom team of which I can't find any yes men among them, which is great.

"I think that makes him secure and confident in his ability. It's ironic but if he hadn't got a Scouse accent then I'm sure he'd make a good manager of Liverpool or someone of that nature.

"He obviously wants to make Derby into a top-10 Premier League club and hopefully he will be around for a long time."

He added: "I thought it was fantastic at Wigan, where we were pretty poor, and yet both sets of supporters were singing 'there's only one Paul Jewell', which is a pretty unheard of scenario.

"I think that is a measure of his status in the game. But here I can say that and we could be in the bottom three in August next season in the Championship and we are both under pressure."

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