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Paul Jewell
"Certain players that are there don't have their heart in the club"
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Former Wednesday director Joe Ashton
"The board needs clearing out totally"
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Sheffield Wednesday director Dave Allen
"I'm hoping this year we've reacted just in time"
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Wednesday Chairman Geoff Hulley
"Escaping this relegation situation we must take some action"
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Caretaker boss Peter Shreeves
"He'll learn from this experience"
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Monday, 12 February, 2001, 13:29 GMT
Wednesday sack Jewell
Paul Jewell's unhappy run may have come to an end
Paul Jewell's unhappy run has come to an end
Paul Jewell has been sacked as boss of crisis club Sheffield Wednesday after just eight months in charge.

Howard Culley has also stood down as chairman of the First Division side almost a year to the day since taking over, although he has been persuaded to remain on the board.

Peter Shreeves has again been appointed caretaker manager, while 70-year-old director Geoff Hulley is Wednesday's third chairman in a year.

Any manager near the bottom of any league is going to be under pressure - but I have to say I didn't see this coming
  Paul Jewell

Jewell's reign began in difficult circumstances, following Wednesday's relegation from the Premiership last season, and ends with the club on the brink of relegation from Division One.

Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live, he said he was devasated by the board's decision but has vowed to bounce back.

"Clearly, I'm bitterly disappointed," Jewell said.

  Paul Jewell factfile
1964: Born 28 September, Liverpool
1984: Joins Wigan where he goes on to score 35 goals in 137 league appearances
1988: Signed by Bradford for 80,000 and scores 56 goals in 269 league appearances
1998: Succeeds Chris Kamara as Bradford manager in January
1999: Guides City to automatic promotion to the Premiership
2000: May 14: City beat Liverpool 1-0 on the last day of the season to avoid relegation from the Premiership
2000: 21 June: Jewell takes over as Sheffield Wednesday manager
2001: 12 February: Sacked as Owls boss, with the club rooted to the foot of the First Division.

"I think any manager near the bottom of any league of any country is going to be under pressure given the club's current position.

"But I have to say I didn't see this coming. Of course I'm aware we're bottom of the league, but we're all grown men here.

Financial constraints

"I was preparing for Tuesday's home game with Tranmere and working on bringing in a loan player from Southampton (Trond Egil Soltvedt).

"Obviously, it is not nice getting sacked, but I don't think I have been given enough time.

"But people have to make decisions and the board believe what they have done is in the best interests of Sheffield Wednesday."

The club are approximately 18m in debt, and a host of highly-paid players were forced to leave during the summer to ease the pressure on a crippling wage bill.

I'm feeling pretty low right now, but you have to learn never to feel sorry for yourself because being sacked happens to the best
  Paul Jewell

Jewell said the club's finanical situation has made Division One survival difficult along with some players at the club under-performing.

Jewell explained: "Simon Donnelly and Phil O'Donnell have hardly kicked a ball this season and Wim Jonk the same, along with Andy Hinchcliffe, while Gilles de Bilde has not pulled his weight.

"Look at the players I was forced to let go in the summer. The likes of Niclas Alexandersson, Peter Atherton, Ian Nolan, Wim Jonk, Pavel Srnicek and Richard Cresswell, Danny Sonner and others.

"In contrast, I've barely been given a penny to spend. My biggest money buy was Steve Harkness for 200,000, while I've had to play a load of kids from the reserve and youth teams who in normal circumstances would not be ready for first team football.

But the 36-year-old did give thanks to the fans: "Let me just say the supporters have been fantastic and the staff have been great, although they are in a state of shock like me.

"I'm feeling pretty low right now, but you have to learn never to feel sorry for yourself because being sacked happens to the best.

"I have no regrets joining Sheffield Wednesday, but I am confident I will be stronger for this because I have learnt a lot in the last seven months."

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