Jewell bemoans Twitterati after released striker's 'stupid' remark

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The Ipswich manager, Paul Jewell, has warned his players about using Twitter after he released striker Billy Clark. Clark announced he was glad to be leaving Portman Road on the social networking site after he was told he would not be given a new contract, and Jewell was less than impressed.

He said: "Billy Clark has gone, I've released him, although he is still training with us. He made a schoolboy error by going on one of those social network sites, saying that he was glad to get out of here.

"I gave him the opportunity to leave for good on Friday, and he's still here. He's taken his comment off the site now. It came out the wrong way, he said, whatever that meant.

"If footballers put things on [Twitter] thinking they are not going to get found out, who is being stupid? I know that people have been fined for going on Twitter. It can be dangerous for players, and they have been caught in the past saying things.

"I just think it's a lack of intelligence at times when people announce stuff. I would consider telling my players just to be careful. These sites are fine if you are contacting friends on the other side of the world, but I think they get misused."

Middlesbrough striker Marvin Emnes has been charged with violent conduct by the Football Association. The charge relates to an incident during Saturday's 2-1 win at Sheffield United. The 22-year-old Dutchman scored Boro's 89th-minute winner in the game.

Barnet caretaker manager Giuliano Grazioli plans to carry on where Martin Allen left off to ensure the club beat the drop from League Two. Allen quit to join Notts County on Monday after just 19 days in charge, leaving ex-Bees striker Grazioli to take the reins.

The 36-year-old, who three weeks ago was in charge of the ball boys at Underhill, will now try to build on the seven points from three games they picked up under Allen which moved them level with third-bottom Burton.

"I am not going to change anything from the way we have been running things for the last 19 days with Martin in charge," he said. "What an opportunity for someone whose heart is in Barnet FC to be asked to pick the team. It's an honour to be asked to do the job."

Allen has named Carl Muggleton as his assistant at Meadow Lane.

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