Ipswich have quashed reports that boss Paul Jewell has quit the club.

Whispers spread around Portman Road that Jewell had left following their 2-1 defeat at home to Derby.

However, the Blues have denied that rumour and say he remains in charge for now.

"Paul is manager of the football club at this moment in time," said assistant boss Hutchings. "He's in the office watching the DVD.

"He wears his heart on his sleeve and he's very disappointed because we've conceded another goal late on, as we have on four or five occasions now. When that happens it hurts.

"Now we've got to come out fighting for another game on Saturday."

When asked if he and Jewell would be in charge for this weekend's home match against Sheffield Wednesday, Hutchings added: "You'll have to ask (owner) Marcus (Evans). We're bottom of the league but we're going about our jobs, unless we're told otherwise."

On the result, Derby boss Nigel Clough said: "It was deserved, on the balance of play, and some of the stuff we played in the second half was exceptionally good.

"You're always worried when you have so much of the game and it's still 1-1. It only takes one little mistake or set-play and you end up losing 2-1.

"But I think we deserved it and we're five games unbeaten now, which makes me delighted."