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Jewell dismissive of Newcastle job link

Wigan manager Paul Jewell has laughed off speculation linking him with the vacant job at Newcastle.

Jewell is preparing his side for Sunday's Carling Cup final against Manchester United at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium.

The Magpies are managerless following the sacking of Graeme Souness, although under caretaker Glenn Roeder have won three and drawn one of their four matches.

Newcastle chairman Freddy Shepherd is apparently in no hurry to appoint Souness' successor, and there are suggestions he has held tentative talks with Wigan supremo Dave Whelan while playing golf in Barbados this week.

'I'm surprised, but I've a job to do at Wigan. I enjoy my job here.' said Jewell from his hotel base near Cardiff.

'There are all sorts of rumours flying around linking different people, but I tend to take no notice of rumours because that's all they are.

'I spoke to my chairman two days ago, and he is in Barbados, but he never mentioned playing golf with anyone from Newcastle.'

Whelan has previously made it clear he would only allow Jewell to leave if one of the 'big three' clubs came calling - Manchester United, Arsenal or Liverpool.

Jewell, who concedes to 'over-achieving' this season with Wigan, is ambitious.

'I have said I would like to be the manager of a team that is challenging for the top honours,' added Jewell.

'Yet here I am at Wigan playing for one of the big three trophies in English football.

'Of course, you want to achieve what you can in football and if you said I could achieve what Alex Ferguson has achieved, that would be fantastic.