Jewell still a fan of 'Duke'
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Wigan boss Paul Jewell is keeping an open mind about re-signing Nathan Ellington.
Wigan Athletic boss Paul Jewell is keeping an open mind about re-signing Nathan Ellington, but his West Bromwich Albion counterpart Tony Mowbray has no plans to sell the striker.
Ellington has been linked with a January return to Wigan, 18 months after he left for West Brom in a £3million deal.
He has yet to fully establish himself under Mowbray and his agent has fuelled the speculation that he could head back to The JJB Stadium.
While Jewell shied away from confirming he would make a bid for Ellington, he admits he remains a fan of the powerful front man.
"Nathan is obviously a player I admire," said Jewell. "He did well when he was here and he had some good times.
"We tried to buy him back when Bryan Robson was manager, but they didn't want to sell him.
"But it would be disrespectful for me to talk about buying one of their players. If it happens it will be between me and their manager."
West Brom boss Mowbray, though, has brushed off the latest rumours, reiterating that Ellington has a key role to play at The Hawthorns.
Mowbray told the club's official website: "Why would we sell any of our best players?
"Unless it was right for our football club or head-turning money we felt could really change things around, it's not going to happen.
"It doesn't interest me what Nathan's agent is supposedly saying in the paper. He's got a contract and wants to play.
"I want him to play as well, but I can only pick 11 players and I have to get the balance of the team right every week."