Jewell arrival boosts Town

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Ipswich head into their Carling Cup semi-final clash with Arsenal buoyed by the arrival of new manager Paul Jewell, but with a 7-0 FA Cup defeat to Chelsea fresh in their minds.

Coach Ian McParland, who oversaw the Stamford Bridge thumping, and Tony Loughlan will take charge of the Tractor Boys for the visit of Arsene Wenger's outfit with Jewell starting work with the players on Thursday morning.

Jewell said: "Tony and Charlie (McParland) will be in charge on Wednesday and I will take charge on Thursday. I've not even met the players or the staff yet, it's been a real whirlwind and I don't want to cause a distraction."

The former Wigan manager is the man charged with firing the Suffolk side out of a disappointing 19th place in the npower Championship, languishing three points above the relegation zone.

Despite a break from management since his dismissal from Derby in December 2008, Ipswich owner Marcus Evans believes Jewell has the qualities and experience to turn the club's fortunes around after Roy Keane's tenure came to an end after nearly two years.

Speaking to the club's official website, Evans said: "I'm confident Paul can put in the building blocks that will allow us to achieve our long term goals for this great club.

"Paul's credentials made him our number one target."

Ispwich arrive at this stage of the Carling Cup by virtue of a 1-0 win over West Brom having previously put paid to Northampton, Millwall, Crewe and Exeter.

Arsenal however have disposed of exclusively Premier League opposition, beating Wigan, Newcastle and local rivals Tottenham on their road to the semi-finals.

The two-legged tie begins at Portman Road on Wednesday night and after a weekend of FA Cup third round shocks, including wins for Crawley and Stevenage over Derby and Newcastle respectively, meaning that anything can happen.

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