Ipswich Town fan Russell Claydon urges Marcus Evans to look beyond the manager

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IT COULD be an eventful ending to the week at Portman Road, but I cannot help thinking it is a shame modern-day football proliferates the manager as king.

If not, surely we would all be demanding a root-and-branch investigation of Ipswich Town right now, to sort this mess out, rather than brushing it aside by turning on Paul Jewell.

We’re in the era of the manager (they were not always household names) where everything falls at his door. But I believe, sometimes, you have to look behind that door for the real problems.

Are Jim Magilton, Roy Keane and Paul Jewell all terrible managers? That is the question Marcus Evans needs to find an answer to in the coming days before deciding if he will cut ties with his third Ipswich Town boss.

Neil Warnock’s surprising availability has spread wildfire across the Ipswich messageboards. But who are we to think one of the few managers with a better top-flight promotion record than Jewell himself would be interested in a club that is sinking rather than rising right now?

The 3-1 FA Cup defeat at fellow Championship side Hull City has seen speculation about Jewell’s exit vastly increase, but this competition, although we all hoped for a run, was never the priority and should not change anything.

The big game was always on Wednesday (to make the press I have had to write this shortly before kick-off) and a point has to be seen as a step forward at this moment in time.

The current manager has made mistakes; namely getting carried away with signing up ex-Premier League players in the hope they can bring a quick promotion.

But for every problem Jewell is behind, I believe there are more in the shadows behind him that would be masked if we should hand him his P45.

Maybe non-football man Simon Clegg is too out-of-sync with the ridiculous way football operates.

He talks of beginning to move us to a ‘break-even’ model, but if the players can get the wages elsewhere, surely they will join Gareth McAuley, David Norris, Marton Fulop et al is heading for the Portman Road exit for nothing....and then where will we be?