Derby warn against quick fix as Jewell departs

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The Derby chairman, Adam Pearson, has hinted that whoever succeeds Paul Jewell as manager must make the best use of the existing squad rather than look to sign a glut of players in the transfer window.

Jewell resigned yesterday after 13 months in charge at Pride Park, after a run of only one league win in nine games left the club five points above the Championship drop zone. The 44-year-old's departure had been widely anticipated after Jewell failed to attend a post-match press conference after Sunday's 1-0 defeat to Ipswich.

Pearson, who has already received applications for the vacant post, said: "We believe we have a capable squad here. We have got enough good players and enough players have been brought in over the last year. The turnaround has been high and I would like to recruit someone who understands that."

Jewell's assistant Chris Hutchings will be in charge for Saturday's FA Cup third-round tie at Forest Green and the home leg of the Carling Cup semi-final against Manchester United on 7 January. The coach Mark Seagraves has also left the club. The 42-year-old, who worked with Jewell at Wigan Athletic, joined Derby last December.