League round-up: Tarnished Jewell on the brink

 

Paul Jewell insists he will not walk away from Ipswich following speculation that Harry Redknapp is being lined up as his successor.

Redknapp, who left Tottenham in June, is close friends with Ipswich owner Marcus Evans and has been heavily linked with the managerial position at Portman Road but, after yesterday's 2-1 defeat to Charlton, Jewell said: "I'm not going to run and hide. If Marcus Evans wants to put Harry Redknapp in charge he can do it. I'm annoyed and I know I'm not very popular at the minute but, until I'm told differently, I won't run away."

Peterborough manager Darren Ferguson also refused to quit despite a seventh successive Championship defeat. "The easiest thing for me would be to walk away, but I've never walked away from anything," said Ferguson after a 2-0 defeat to Wolves. "I've not got that in me but I was embarrassed by what I saw."

At Selhurst Park, Glenn Murray scored a second-half hat-trick as a resurgent Crystal Palace came from two goals down to beat Cardiff 3-2, while Watford's 2-2 draw with Bristol City means that Gianfranco Zola's side are now just one point above the relegation zone. "It's early days," said Zola, who insists he will be given time to turn things around. "We will improve and once we do that it is going to be a very good team."

In League One, Tranmere maintained their three-point lead at the top after coming from behind to thump Crawley 5-2. Notts County are up to second following their 3-0 win against Portsmouth, who slip into the relegation zone. Mark Robins' reign as Coventry City manager began with a 2-1 home defeat against Carlisle.

Wycombe Wanderers' 1-0 home defeat to managerless AFC Wimbledon was followed by the sack for their own manager Gary Waddock. The Dons had parted company with Terry Brown earlier in the week. Gillingham moved six points clear at the top of League Two with a 2-0 win against Port Vale.

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