Ipswich Town chief executive Simon Clegg is leaving the club, it has been announced today.

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Owner Marcus Evans made the surprise announcement this morning. Clegg will not be replaced, and it is understood that Evans himself will take a more hands-on role.

Some of Clegg’s salary, believed to be about £150,000 a year, will be available for manager Mick McCarthy as he aims to build a first-team squad capable of challenging for promotion from the Championship.

Clegg, a former British Olympic Association chief, joined Ipswich Town in the spring of 2008. One of his first tasks was to axe manager Jim Magilton.

He has often borne the brunt of criticism from fans when Ipswich have failed to land high-profile transfer targets like Charlie Austin, now with Burnley. However, it is believed to be owner Evans who sanctions – or vetoes – transfer deals and players’ wage demands.

Evans said: “Following a review of the club’s management structure and the Financial Fair Play budgeting requirements it became clear that we would need to operate differently going forward and Simon and I mutually agreed that it was time for him to seek new opportunities.

“I would like to place on record my huge appreciation for all of Simon’s hard work, loyalty and professionalism. Over the last four years he has done an outstanding job as the public face of the club.”

Commenting on his decision, Simon Clegg said: “As a result of the strategic review, it is clear that moving towards breakeven will challenge all clubs, not just Ipswich Town.

“At the top of our agenda, and quite rightly, has been the priority to protect the playing budget. This, coupled with the owner’s intention to play a more hands-on role has led me to the decision that now is the right time to seek a new challenge.

“Whilst we have been discussing this for some time, we agreed to leave any final decision until nearer the time when the rules are due to take effect, at the end of this season, and after the end of this last transfer window.

“I will be returning to my family in Surrey and over the coming months will be looking for my next professional challenge in international or domestic sport.”

62 comments

  • If Clegg was here for 4 years & you balance his salary against his achievements - then basically it cost us £600,000 to get our turnstiles painted. I see no great problem with ME being more hands on & not having a football background. Surely this means he will have to rely on his manager rather than another non football man like Clegg for advice regarding transfers etc. Hopefully also hands on means more accountable & consequently a more visible presence ??????

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    Old Timer

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • Is this a tactic to cop the blame on someone should the dreaded "R" word become a reality? Or has ME realised what many have said about Clegg, is correct and has Big Mick had a say in this? Ipswich have a good manager in McCarthy and if it was a choice of who has to go, if both parties aren't seeing eye to eye, then their is only one answer to that! ME showing his hand and being more involved could be to assure MM that he is needed here, with one hell of a job on his hands, but with a bit of money and Lady Luck, the man to reshape this good club. The sad part about it is that Clegg will walk away with a pat on the back and no doubt a thick wallet!!! ME has made his money out if Olympic corporate packages, so I don't think he'll want to see him burn his bridges with Clegg. No doubt Clegg will land a good job elsewhere in the Olympic network in Rio.....jobs for the boys me thinks!!!!!

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    PHILIIP FAIRBROTHER

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • I welcome this news that was overdue 4 years ago. Worried that no CEO is appointed. What the club needs is a football-savvy business man with whom MM is comfortable working; one that would relieve the inevitable increased workload on the manager. Ironically, Derek Bowden has just been appointed as CEO of Essex CC.

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    Mike Wyatt

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • Brian Betts must be away on holiday or has he changed his name to Chris.

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    how'd the town do

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • oh no clegg has gone all together HAPPY DAYS ARE HERE AGAIN , now MR EVANS time to start again fresh beginning s so we can be proud of our club again.

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    jhughes

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • Lets just face the fact that he was just not a 'Football Man' ! For that type of post, you need someone whom has played football at a good level and understands the game ! Unfortunately he seem to lack in both respects !

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    freedomf

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • I say give the job to Rob Sterro, perfect replacement. I’m also told he has mastered the art of joined up writing, but needs to mix better with the other children.

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    floridaboy1

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • Good riddance. He has been far more culpable for our problems over the past few years but has hidden behind everyone else's shirt tails. Typical of the type of CE who believes the job is to sit back, make polite noises and then blame everyone else other than himself when things go wrong!

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    John Maynard

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • What 600k got Town: a) Roy Keane; b) the "Footballing Decision" behind selling Jordan Rhodes; c) failure to sign Shaun Derry when he'd shaken hands on a deal with RK; d) Paul Jewell; e) the probable reason for Charlie Austin wanting to stay in the South but joining (the very definitely Northern) Burnley; f) a new lick of paint for the turnstiles; g) a clean Sir Alf Ramsey stand; h) loans, loans and more loans. I very much enjoyed talking to Clegg on Radio Suffolk last August, when he couldn't explain exactly how he could suggest we'd made "progress" under his stewardship.

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    Andrew Mehen

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • Good,I suppose Mr Clegg played his part in bringing Mick McCarthy to the club & I thank him for that.Overall however his tenure has been a failure.I`m not convinced Evans & his board will do a better job but this decision is the right one.

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    SaltyoldSoul

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • This is a good thing for Ipswich he took over four years ago and sacked Magilton when he was eight in the league,He has no knowledge of football and the club has gone backwards since he took over and Magilton was sacked

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    ian jones

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • Great news, if at some point he is replaced with a football man that would be good

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    Tony Mortimer

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • I think this is fantastic news! Look at Arsenal - their Chief Exec isn't involved in deals for players, Wenger takes care of all that. The CEO is there for marketing deals. Well - ME is in the business of self promoting so who better to sort out our marketing deals and leaving Mick to sort the player deals - perfect. SO HAPPY!

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    Tom Conder

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • At last some good and positive news from PR. what we need now is to make it have an impact.

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    Blue and true since 1962

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • SC was a square peg in a round hole - not a football man and during his time as CEO has seen the decline of our club. Why ME has taken so long to make this decision is worrying. We still need someone in that position however as i find it difficult to believe ME will be able to devote enough time to running the club along with his business interests. On balance a good day for ITFC.

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    Alan Chaplin

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • Couldn't somebody come up with a different strap-line instead of "Me thinks" It's so well used it looks like Chopra's seat on the bench.

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    floridaboy1

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • Who in their right mind voted that Clegg was a sucess?

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    NOEXCUSE

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • This is a good thing for Ipswich he took over four years ago and sacked Magilton when he was eight in the league,He has no knowledge of football and the club has gone backwards since he took over and Magilton was sacked

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    ian jones

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • Sad sad day for Ipswich Town, what next evans???

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    ged scott

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • Should have been done a long time ago hasnt a clue about football in general and also a Mick McCarthy lookalike and one of those is plenty get well soon Mick.

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    max ward

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • Not sure quite what to read into this and I wonder if Marcus Evans really has the time to commit to being more 'hands on' and who will now be the public face of the clubs administration. I always felt that ME was a too hasty in letting Derek Bowden go and it seems that Essex CCC have at least recognised a value with him. The saving of the salary is peanuts when considering the costs of running a Championship football club and the extra money certainly won't go far in the transfer market.

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    Tim Bartlett

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • Is it a coincidence that the olympics is now wrapped up and SC is leaving. He has been the scapegoat but he did not know anythiong about football and this also showed during his tenure, to be fair town must now be in a stronger position financially than before he arrived which is going to be very important next year. As fans we dont know what was going on behind closed doors and maybe lesson learnt is to publicise more on transfers etc like the DJ saga all fans needed to know is that his wage demands were outrageous and they would have understood, hopefully ME's hands on will now mean more info coming through the offices at ITFC and MM must be glad that he now only has the owner to deal with.

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    finchk702

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • AT LAST SOME GOOD NEWS. BUT MAYBE A GOOD C.E.O. IS NEEDED... WHO HAVEN'T A CLUE. BUT GREAT NEWS ALLROUND...

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    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • Should have been done a long time ago hasnt a clue about football in general and also a Mick McCarthy lookalike and one of those is plenty get well soon Mick.

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    max ward

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • "Some of Clegg’s salary, believed to be about £150,000 a year, will be available for manager Mick McCarthy as he aims to build a first-team squad capable of challenging for promotion from the Championship." - FOR WHAT BUS FARES?

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    imfromsuffolkgiveme5

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • Now who knows all there is to know about football? Who repeatedly parades hisher insider knowledge of Marcus Evans and his concerns? If we could identify such a person they would make the ideal New Clegg. Yup, step forward Steroo: time to prove that you're not all tedious, repetitive, witless bombast.

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    Ken Hairy

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • the best news that has come out of portman road for years. now we need a good ceo to work with mm. it is looking beter . so mr E get a footballing man in and give him and mick what they need to make town a good club. the only sad news is the turn stiles wont get painted lol

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    mike benham

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • Finch - i've been saying something along those lines for ages but then this website keeps deleting my comments saying not factual or something like that! FANTASTIC news he's gone - can't say what i really think as they deleted my comments AGAIN yesterday! But essentially - MM can take control of all player aquisitions and contract renewals, basically the whole playing side of things. ME can take control of the commercial side - he is unquestionably a successful businessman so who better than to secure us the best sponsorship and commercial deals in future. I'm sure everyone at Town is breathing a huge sigh of relief!

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    Tom Conder

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

  • This is the best news in four seasons, now we just need our owner to take a realisic view of investment and not look to put everything on the debt for him to make an earner.

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    Cyril Baker

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • When he goes could he PLEASE take those dreadful drums with him? Where I sit in the Portman Road stand the noise is awful, as all those who sit around me agree.. Perhaps it doesn't sound so bad at the players entrance, try moving them there for a week or two and see how long they last. If he is the one who agreed to these drummers spoiling every recent game then I am very glad indeed he is on his way.

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    JOHN BURLS

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • Never a football man was Mr Clegg. Cant say that saving £150,000 a year will make a big difference to Mick though. Think that we still need a chief executive as Marcus Evans, owner or not, spends very little time at the club anyway. Hope it's a move in the right direction, bit dont be too judgemental on Simon Clegg just yet.

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    bismark

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • to be fair, the football has been awful over the past couple of years but there is a lot that goes on behind the scenes that the fans don't know about

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    trueblue

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • Rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic?

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    SuffolkBoy1956

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • My theory is ME only kept Clegg on so he could laugh at his hairstyle - & now Mick is here he doesn't need him anymore !!!!!

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    Old Timer

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • Under the constraints set down by ME, Clegg has done a good job. I'm sure that there is alot that goes on behind the scenes at ITFC that we are are unaware of. Who are you all going to blame now?

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    Gemma Brown

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • What good news for the town he messed up all the players coming in and out of the club

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    chris betts

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • The Championship’s leading scorer is Glenn Murray, not Charlie Austin

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    Ted Maul

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • First job was to axe Magilton and look whats happened since then, need i say more why reviewing his tenure

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    billy macca

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • Dave Peters - yeah that'd work. After all, he's the man who constantly slates the "invisible man" and then hides behind a false name on here, doesn't go to matches, openly admitted he wouldn't go to the shareholders meeting he should have been going to as an alleged shareholder, hates the owner, board, manager, players, real fans and everything else related to the club he laughably claims to support! Just the sort of chap we want around.

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    Andrew Mehen

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

  • Rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic?

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    SuffolkBoy1956

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • could be a job for stereo he knows more about running ipswich town and whats needed than anyone.COYB.

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    david peters

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • Fans should stop worrying about who we didn't get and concentrate on what we have. There's a basis for a decent side at PR. A bit of tweeking, sign N'Daw at the end of the season and better consistency from what we have and may be a couple more signing and we could be a force. May be Clegg did a decent job, but being in that position needs a rapport with the fans, which sadly he never had. I still wish him good luck as to loose one's job is never a good time. Perhaps ME will come to the fore a bit more now.

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    whymarkmariner

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • This is the best bit of transfer dealing done all season! Simon Clegg was way out of his depth managing a football club and to use an expression more akin to the sporting domain that he is more familiar with, I am glad to see he has taken a running jump.

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    FRANK WESTON

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • I blame Fred Smith.

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    floridaboy1

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • Oh! no thats tragic for town and another nail in the coffin in the total demise of a once great club!!!

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    ged scott

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • Never got to grips with the job as his comments about repainting turnstiles succinctly illustrated.He started as a non footballing man and ended up in exactly the same position.The phrase rearranging the deckchairs as the titanic sinks sums up his tenure perfectly.No doubt in a less competitive environment he will find his niche.

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    MOTT MIKE

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • It's a point well made Ian Jones - the club has gone backwards since they topped Magilton. Not sure I'd still want him here though, bit of a big headed individual, QPR a case in point. No the reason for our current peril is squarely on the crass managerial appointments and Captain Calamity's handling of transfer negotiations, for example: Charlie Austin to name but one of them.

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    floridaboy1

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • Well it's the news most Town fans wanted to hear.Glad he has gone, time to get a CEO who knows and understands football. If i was ME I would move mountains to get Mr Sheepshanks back at the club.With ME money and Mr Sheepshanks knowledge i have know doubt Ipswich Town would be in the premier league.

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    thwuddlepunk

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

  • Oh no. One less thing to moan about.

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    OldBoy

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • Now, who is going to finish painting the turnstiles ?

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    Brian Betts

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • Not before time to be honest. I spoke to Clegg last August on a radio phone in and he was evasive about the real issues regarding the club, claiming progress had been made despite our lowly league position and the issues regarding our financial position. I think his ludicrous call for alcohol to be allowed in the stands was the final straw, simply emphasising a complete detachment from the realities of football and the people watching it. Greater involvement and visibility from Evans has long been called for so this could be the point at which we see it.

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    Andrew Mehen

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • Not sure quite what to read into this and I wonder if Marcus Evans really has the time to commit to being more 'hands on' and who will now be the public face of the clubs administration. I always felt that ME was a too hasty in letting Derek Bowden go and it seems that Essex CCC have at least recognised a value with him. The saving of the salary is peanuts when considering the costs of running a Championship football club and the extra money certainly won't go far in the transfer market.

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    Tim Bartlett

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • maybe now marcus evans will roll his sleeves up and become the face of the club much like sheepshanks was, he needs to be part of the system at portman road, rather than just poking sticks in from a far.

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    tony cowling

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • I really think he did his best but lack of knowledge of the football world must have made it awkward for him. If we had done better football wise the criticisms against him would have faded away but he was the unlucky one who took the blame. I wish him the best of luck.

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    JOHN BURLS

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • Now that he's on his way can't help saying I feel a bit sorry for him, shoehorned as he was into a job about which he knew next to nothing. Although I enjoyed taking the mild mickey out of him, nevertheless I wish him the best of luck wherever he goes. Just beware of square pegs in round holes.

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    JOHN BURLS

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • Cannot see how we can not have a chief executive. ME will only be part time at best and does not have the right background (like SC). Need to appoint a football man and hopefully we will in due course. The saving of £150k is not a lot in the bigger picture.

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    Blue Rico

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • Not sure that MM will be jumping through hoops at the additional £150k a year... every little helps so they say but this type of move is indicative of financial meltdown in most organisations.

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    Bleeding Blue

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • Is it a coincidence that the olympics is now wrapped up and SC is leaving. He has been the scapegoat but he did not know anythiong about football and this also showed during his tenure, to be fair town must now be in a stronger position financially than before he arrived which is going to be very important next year. As fans we dont know what was going on behind closed doors and maybe lesson learnt is to publicise more on transfers etc like the DJ saga all fans needed to know is that his wage demands were outrageous and they would have understood, hopefully ME's hands on will now mean more info coming through the offices at ITFC and MM must be glad that he now only has the owner to deal with.

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    finchk702

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • Finally! Maybe the club can start to make some progress now.

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    RC

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • Why do people want a more visible presence of ME, what will that do for the club not alot I think. Clegg going is not going to bring happy days again and why is it all his fault that we didnt get certain players it may be that like DJ that wanted stupid money or in the instance of Austin they did not want to come down this part of the country cant see how clegg can get blame for all that. Be interesting to see who certain fans will now blame and happy days will be a long way off as yet so dont let your imagination get away from you.

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    finchk702

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • Great news! Just need someone to paint the turnstiles now...

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    Captain Slog

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • "Some of Clegg’s salary, believed to be about £150,000 a year, will be available for manager Mick McCarthy as he aims to build a first-team squad capable of challenging for promotion from the Championship." - FOR WHAT BUS FARES?

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    imfromsuffolkgiveme5

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

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