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Ipswich might not have achieved the success they wanted – but Marcus Evans is going nowhere

PUBLISHED: 12:48 19 December 2012 | UPDATED: 12:57 19 December 2012

Simon Clegg

Simon Clegg

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MARCUS Evans thought he would be the owner of a Premier League club by now.

The multi-millionaire’s buy-out of Ipswich Town five years ago was met with jubilation among fans dreaming of a return to the top-flight – something the ambitious Evans thought would be achieved by the time he marked his first half-decade.

But the Blues’ repeated failure at challenging for promotion has done nothing to diminish the owner’s passion or enthusiasm.

Those are the sentiments of chief executive Simon Clegg who admits the Evans’ era – from a footballing perspective – has so far been disappointing.

But Clegg insisted: “No one can point the finger and say it has been through any lack of investment in the squad. It has just not happened.

“If it was as simple as money in equals results out, we would be in the Premier League by now – and everyone would be doing it.

“If you judge, as most people will do, the success or failure of the club by what happens on the pitch, I will put my hands up and say it has not been as successful as we would have liked.

“But I don’t think you can purely take it from that perspective. You have to look at other things like re-establishing the academy and all the investment there, bringing Bryan Klug back, upgrading the Playford Road training facility to a high-performance centre.”

Evans was heralded as a saviour after buying cash-strapped Town in December 2007 when many feared they would slip into a second administration. But after dismissing Jim Magilton 18 months after he bought the club, Evans’ recruitment of Roy Keane and then Paul Jewell subsequently saw Town fail to challenge the top-six before Mick McCarthy was given the manager’s job last month.

Clegg admitted: “I certainly think his expectation was that Ipswich Town would have been in the Premier League by now.

“He is not used to that type of failure, but he is also a man who takes a long-term view and is in the privileged position of being able to take a long-term view.

“It is not all about short-term gain, though that is great. There are some variables and unpredictables in football and he recognises it is about building for the future.”

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Town lost the East Anglian derby 1-0 at Portman Road this afternoon. MIKE BACON gives his marks out of 10 and you can do the same.

Ipswich Town’s misery in the East Anglian derby continued with a 1-0 defeat to Norwich City at Portman Road this lunchtime. STUART WATSON analyses the match.

Ipswich Town midfielder Cole Skuse said he and his team-mates were left ‘racking their brains’ after Norwich took all three points in the East Anglian derby today.

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy declared himself pleased with his side’s performance, but bitterly disappointed with the result following today’s 1-0 home defeat to rivals Norwich City at Portman Road.

Town’s long wait for an East Anglian Derby win continues after James Maddison’s 59th minute goal saw Norwich to a 1-0 win over the blues at Portman Road.

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East Anglian derby day is here. Ipswich Town host rivals Norwich City this lunchtime (12pm ko) and you can follow all the action right here.

Ipswich Town fans rose to their feet to give an emotional applause in a mark of respect to the family of Blues and England legend Terry Butcher, who lost one of his sons this week.

Tomorrow is East Anglian derby day. STUART WATSON previews the action as Ipswich Town prepare to take on rivals Norwich City at Portman Road (12pm ko, Sky Sports).

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