Upcoming matches

Barnsley v Ipswich Town @ Oakwell, February 12, 3pm

Doncaster Rovers vs Ipswich Town @ Keepmoat Stadium, February 15, 7.45pm

IT wouldn’t have taken much to better last season for Ipswich, who enjoy a South Yorkshire double bill this week.

But there has been little improvement – barring a run to the Carling Cup semi-final – and it cost Roy Keane his job.

Paul Jewell has been tasked with pushing for a play-off place this season but this is perhaps optimistic given the main problem of a lack of striking options remains.

Though three straight league wins suggests Ipswich may be ready to give it a go.

MANAGER

THOUGH not the eyebrow-raising appointment that handed predecessor Roy Keane the reigns at Portman Road, Paul Jewell’s arrival could prove a shrewd piece of business.

Plucked from Sky Sports punditry, Jewell has made a steady return to managerial life and Ipswich should have few problems in staying up this season.

The 46-year-old previously worked wonders at Bradford and Wigan, both of whom he got promoted to the top flight.

But leading Derby to the top flight’s lowest ever points total will forever haunt him.