DERBY // The Derby County manager Paul Jewell has resigned after his 50th league game in charge of the Rams ended in defeat. The 1-0 home loss to Ipswich Town on Sunday left Derby 18th in the Championship, the second-tier of football in England, further harming their attempts at an immediate return to the Premier League. "Derby County can confirm that the club has parted company with manager Paul Jewell with immediate effect," the club said.
"Paul has taken the decision to leave his role as he believes it is in the best interests of the club, and feels he is no longer in a position to take the club forward." Jewell took charge on a three-and-a-half year contract last November with the Rams rooted to the bottom of the Premier League, where they stayed for the rest of the season before being relegated in May with just 11 points - the league's lowest-ever points total.
The 44-year-old former Bradford and Wigan boss' fortunes did not improve in the Championship, with his side failing to win any of their first four matches. He finally bowed to fans' demands and quit after Sunday's defeat left Derby with just one win in their last nine league matches. Assistant manager Chris Hutchings takes charge of the club with immediate effect ahead of Derby's next two fixtures against non-league outfit Forest Green in the third round of the FA Cup before a more daunting task of tackling Premier League champions Manchester United in the League Cup semi-final first leg.