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Wednesday, 21 June, 2000, 14:54 GMT 15:54 UK
Jewell takes roost with Owls
Paul Jewell
Paul Jewell celebrates his new job at Hillsborough
Paul Jewell has been appointed Sheffield Wednesday manager after he agreed a three-year contract at Hillsborough.

Jewell shocked Bradford fans at the weekend by announcing he was quitting Valley Parade only weeks after the euphoria of a last-day escape from relegation from the Premier League.

The decision saw Wednesday instantly seek permission to speak to Jewell and he was confirmed as the new man in charge this morning.

Paid leave

The Bantams boss had impressed the Hillsborough board with his ability to work on a shoestring budget at their Yorkshire neighbours.

He succeeds Danny Wilson, who was sacked near the end of last season's relegation campaign.


Paul Jewell factfile
1982: Joins hometown side Liverpool, but after two seasons, fails to make a first team appearence.
1984: Joins Wigan where he scores 35 goals in 137 games.
1988: Signed by Bradford for 80,000 and scores 56 goals in 269 games.
1996: Appointed reserve team manager at Valley Parade.
1998: Succeeds Chris Kamara as manager
1999: Guides the Bantams to promotion into the Premiership in his first full season as manager.
2000: Helps Bradford to avoid relegation from the Premier League on the last day of the season.
Peter Shreeves was placed in temporary charge, and had been linked with a permanent appointment alongside former Wednesday and England star Chris Waddle.

But the Hillsborough board have opted for Jewell's proven ability to mastermind a promotion campaign from the First Division.

Jewell quit as Bradford manager over the weekend, but Richmond initially refused to accept his resignation and placed him on paid leave.

Richmond was determined that Bradford would not miss out on compensation for Jewell, who had two years left on his contract at Valley Parade.

Former Wimbledon manager Joe Kinnear was the long-time favourite to take the post at Hillsborough, but he later ruled himself out.

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