Ipswich Town fan Russell Claydon says Owen Coyle would be his choice

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Evans was left with no other choice

Marcus Evans was left with no choice but to throw Paul Jewell overboard (often called mutual agreement nowadays) after we sunk to the bottom of the Championship table following Tuesday’s 2-1 home reverse against Derby.

His position had effectively become untenable following a woeful performance at Hull City on Saturday.

When a manager of a struggling team questions his own ability to do the job in public, it’s time for him to go.

But Jewell got one final chance on Tuesday, only to see the script repeat itself as Town threw away the lead for the fifth game in succession.

Two wins in his last 18 games and no home win since March goes on to his Ipswich Town manager’s epitaph — along with ‘last seen watching a horror DVD’.

He was a brutally honest man and a nice guy, but he only succeeded in taking our football club backwards.

The problems under Jewell have been well documented in this column but now the question is, who next?

As Evans moves on to his fourth manager in five years, this will be his biggest appointment.

Other things must change at the club other than the manager, but if we don’t get that right, we could soon find ourselves becoming another Bradford City.

There will be calls for a young, bright boss but we need someone who can come in and make an immediate impact and shake things up, someone who will attract players and not waiver in his approach to see the job through.

Alan Curbishley would be a popular choice, but I worry he has been out of the game a long time.

Mick McCarthy would fit the bill but may prove to be out of reach, so I’d be very happy with Owen Coyle, someone who after Burnley’s promotion managed to completely change Bolton’s direct approach to a passing style and despite his sacking, didn’t leave the club in an awful state.

But, whoever it is, one thing is certain; their first task is to steer us clear of the drop.