Jewell joy at Scotland Pool snub

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IPSWICH boss Paul Jewell is pleased Jason Scotland’s proposed move to the Seasiders fell through.

Pool’s bid, believed to be in the region of £250,000, was accepted and the striker was allowed to talk to the Tangerines, but Scotland failed to agree terms and opted to stay at Portman Road.

Jewell said: “Blackpool made an inquiry and we gave them permission to speak to Jason. They spoke to his agent but they couldn’t agree personal terms.

“I’m quite happy to keep Jason here. He scored (in Ipswich’s last game) against Leeds and made the winner.

“I don’t have to move anyone out of the door, but I think we have to be fair to people and that’s why we gave Jason permission to talk to Blackpool.

“Jason knows that and I spoke to him about it. There is no problem and we move on.”

Since joining Ipswich from Swansea last summer, Scotland (above) has scored 11 goals in 37 starts. Jewell added: “Things in football can change very quickly and I’ve been impressed with Jason’s attitude.

The 32-year-old could start in Saturday’s match at Bloomfield Road, though Michael Chopra and Darryl Murphy have been Jewell’s favoured front two.

The referee this weekend is Colin Webster, who Pool fans should have fond memories of as he took charge of their 1-0 win at Peterborough in April last year, which put them in a play-off position and led to a half-hour after-match celebration in the away end.