IPSWICH Town owner Marcus Evans has released a timely reiteration of his long-term commitment to the club.

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Following Simon Clegg’s sudden departure from his role as chief executive last Tuesday, new managing director Ian Milne responded to rumours earlier this week by insisting that – despite ‘unsolicited interest’ – the club was not for sale.

With the team battling Championship relegation following three successive bottom-half finishes, many Blues fans have inevitably begun to worry whether the multi-millionaire may be looking to cut his losses following five years of non-progress.

As a result, Evans – although still not willing to show his face or undertake interviews – has personally written an extensive set of programme notes ahead of tomorrow’s visit of Blackpool to Portman Road to ease such fears.

The EADT and Ipswich Star can today bring you the following exclusive highlights from the article, in which the Blues owner:

– Admits that promotion to the Premier League is now harder than it was when he first bought the club five years ago, with necessary cost-cutting measures on the horizon ahead of new Financial Fair Play rules;

– Insists that Town still have an academy system stronger than the majority of their competitors and that the club will still have a budget that will enable them to be competitive at the top end of the table;

– Heaps praise on boss Mick McCarthy, insisting: “The club will continue to leave its managers free to manage without interference;”

– Assures that he will be ‘assessing any void that has appeared’ after Clegg’s departure;

– And thanks supporters for their continued backing, saying: “I can assure all fans that I will be doing everything I can to ensure our success in the years ahead.”

The full piece can be read in tomorrow’s match day programme, on sale at Portman Road or available to download online, with the club’s managing directors – Milne and Jonathan Symonds – due to give their first big interview next week.

– Blues boss Mick McCarthy is due to give his pre-match press conference at 1pm today. For all the latest news, follow @Stuart_Watson on Twitter.

29 comments

  • To those people who believe he is investing money explain why our debt has doubled since his reign.

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    Cyril Baker

    Friday, February 15, 2013

  • Does he not realise most supporters wish he would go somewhere.

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    Cyril Baker

    Friday, February 15, 2013

  • GED understand they need a monkey as well perhaps you could sit on Steroo's piano!

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    threenewknees

    Saturday, February 16, 2013

  • MM’s arrival was hailed as the big solution for Ipswich Town. It really doesn’t seem to have turned out that way does it? Like many, many others, I have been a loyal and active supporter for many years through thick and thin – in my case over 50 years now. With this go thousands of pounds invested in the club, through tickets, season tickets and many items in the club shop. I believe this entitles me to have an opinion, a view; I am a shareholder in everything but legal title! I return therefore to the facts as they stand, no emotion here, no sentiment either, the facts, the harsh reality we all need to face up to: 1. We do not have a sponsor who appears willing or able to provide enough money to move us into the big league. 2. We are not a club in a position to buy top quality personnel. 3. The odds must be moving closer to ITFC being relegated this season. 4. Next season is likely to be worse as we lose the resources needed to buy the appropriate players and service loan fees. 5. Season tickets are likely to dip by significantly for next season. 6. Norwich (yes Norwich, I can say that name – times are too difficult not to acknowledge their success) made good after a dire season three or so years ago followed by relegation to League One. Ipswich must prepare now for the same outcome and build for the following season properly. This is something we haven’t done for many years now. That is: prepare sensibly for the new season, invest wisely in the future. And while we are investing, I would like to see more paint around the fabric of the stadium and the rust on our seats treated during the close season! But putting that possibly petty observation to one side, the solution could be: a community buyout sponsored by the Borough Council, County Council, supporter groups and individual supporters?

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    Blue and true since 1962

    Friday, February 15, 2013

  • Either way it is time for those who also care about the future of our club to consider a possible solution. Are these the facts to base such a debate upon? 1. We are not a club in a position to buy top quality personnel. 2. We do not have a sponsor who appears willing or able to provide enough money to move us into the big league. 3. The odds must be on relegation this season. 4. Next season could be worse as we lose the resources needed to buy the appropriate players and service loanees. 5. Season tickets are likely to dip by at least 10 to 20 % for next season. The solution could be: a community buyout sponsored by the Borough Council, County Council, supporter groups and individual supporters?

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    Blue and true since 1962

    Friday, February 15, 2013

  • Cyril - not really sure the porn barons would have been that popular a purchaser around here. Or maybe they would?

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    RK, poet, bum or fool?

    Friday, February 15, 2013

  • Contrary to the views of some, this club would not have died without Marcus Evans' input. We might have been relegated, we certainly would not have seen players coming and going as if their braces were caught in a revolving door. But perhaps after relegation and the need to build a young cheap squad of our own players, we would now be back in this division, heading in the right direction with a proper 'team' devoid of loanees, has beens, and never weres! Marcus Evans has done us no favours. He came here to make money, has failed miserably, and has turned this once great club into a laughing stock. Thanks for nothing Marcus.

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    Jane Summerfield

    Friday, February 15, 2013

  • You're a cheerful soul Jane. Put ME in the boardroom and set of the fire alarm - if he leaves he doesn't care about the club I suppose. Anyway I'm looking forward to the game tomorrow COYB!

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    RK, poet, bum or fool?

    Friday, February 15, 2013

  • ME is not responsible for all the ills that beset ITFC. He picked two managers that on the face of it were equal to anything available at the time and unfortunately made two mistakes. If everyone who writes on this forum can put hand on heart and say they haven't made two mistakes in their lives then they are either liars or haven't done anything. I'm as passionate as any fan of ITFC and it pains me to see them struggling at the wrong end of the Championship especially with them Budgies up the road doing so well. MM will get it right I am sure of that, whether he can save us from the dreaded relegation I don't know. But the bookies don't seem to think they will be relegated as they are 9 to 2 and the likes of Peterborough and Barnsley are much shorter. With regard to who is brought in close season ,will, I suspect largely depend on which Division we are in. Although only ME can answer that question.

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    whymarkmariner

    Friday, February 15, 2013

  • These are wise words from the man at the top. I personally believe, that like all of us Town fans, the longer we suffer the more attached we become to the club. Actually, it is not despite failure but more because of it that he will carry the Town flagship for years and years to come.

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    FRANK WESTON

    Friday, February 15, 2013

  • I accept some money has been spent, but so has some money come in from sales of players and season tickets. Can anyone outside of the club see the actual balance sheets over the past 10 years? A good result today, but it could have so easily been a draw or defeat, and there was very little for most of us to cheer about, the stadium was remarkably quiet until the last few minutes. We make more noise away for home ....

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    Blue and true since 1962

    Saturday, February 16, 2013

  • Haha... even Cyril & sussextractorohsoeasilyfooled will surely snigger out loud at your headline - let alone the preposterous programme notes that 'the owner' and sometime golfer is alleged to have penned in a coffee break between meetings. All very different from your usual tosh that has the mythical Marcus Evans is 'on business' in the Far East, mysteriously jetting in and out of the west indies or 'in Ireland'. It must be pleasing for the gullible to know that Town's status as a small regional business in a multinational tax avoidance strategy is secure.... well at least according to the sound source of some programme notes wristed off by an unseen hand at the behest of an unseen person in an unknown country.

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    Rob Steroo

    Friday, February 15, 2013

  • Cyril,you keep saying why does ME not put his hand in his pocket and buy players,well you have answered your own question.The debt would get even bigger.Please wait until the end of the season first

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    brisie58

    Friday, February 15, 2013

  • I often wonder why all these clever people aren't running football clubs.They all appear to know more than all the people that do.

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    Rex Ide

    Friday, February 15, 2013

  • Speculate to accumulate,is that what your saying Cyril.It appears to me that you know all about the in's an out's of running a football club so I'm not going to win this.!!But just explain to all of us just why you keep having a go at ME.you wanted SC out,he's gone so now your picking on ME.I have no idea what and how a club is run behind the scenes but I will stick up for ME because he took this club on when they were thrown to the dogs and he has kept them alive,so why knock him.If we go down then so be it,nobody has a Devine right to stay in this league.Cyril I appreciate your views ,we are all entitled them.So I will beg to differ with you.COYB.ps where do you sit in the ground. ?

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    brisie58

    Friday, February 15, 2013

  • Having given it some thought ME has backed all his manager and trusted in them. Nothing worse than a an owner meddleing. RK was appointed after taking sunderland from bottom of the championship to promotion in half a season. PJ was appointed having several promotions onhis cv. Both understanda. it is ironic that during PJs reign so many of the doommongers below were calling for a younger manager in spite of the fact that this had not worked with RK at the helm. that leaves of to question the benefits of a fans by out. as red hot says the investment has always been there. just misused by our last two managers. you can't blame ME for appointing either given their CVs. As for MM not working out it is to early to say. he has been here for three months. what do people expect it such short time? None of us have run a club its like listening to the bloke in the pub who swears he would have scored despite the fact that he's over weight and bordering on alcoholic. We all know he couldn't. if he could then he would be at a club. just like anyone here. he you actually knew anything about running a club you you be doing just that. unless GED amnd i are in fact Delia in disguise i rest

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    rob steroo

    Saturday, February 16, 2013

  • Brisie, I could understand your loyalty to ME if he had been the only possible suitor, however I understand that was not the case as it was reported that the people who ltook over the hamjmers were interested and turned away, look where Hammers are now because they invested instead of loaning to the club which only worsens our situation.

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    Cyril Baker

    Friday, February 15, 2013

  • The rumors of ITFC being available for sale was apparently due to someone who wished to go to a Valentine's Day Party visiting a town centre shop wanting to buy a 'Micky Mouse' outfit. The shop attendant was unable to help but advised him to try at Portman Road !

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    Brian Betts

    Friday, February 15, 2013

  • Such positive comments.......

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    Occold335

    Friday, February 15, 2013

  • ME going nowhere- a bit like the Club.

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    JOHN BURLS

    Friday, February 15, 2013

  • The desire for our club to comply with the FINANCIAL FAIR PLAY rules probably in advance of the majority of our competitors even thinking about it is the reason for being where we are. At last the truth direct from ME.

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    Alan Chaplin

    Saturday, February 16, 2013

  • Could'nt really say organ might have offended.

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    threenewknees

    Saturday, February 16, 2013

  • Frank,I agree with your comments.well said.the people who knock ME I'm sure are not aware of the in's and outs of running a football club,all they want is the owner to spend big and sod the consequences.They must understand football is a business first and a sport secondly.Lets hope for three points tomorrow lads.COYB.

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    brisie58

    Friday, February 15, 2013

  • Are you serious blue and true?? Think back to anytime in itfc's history when when have spent so much money on players. Regardless if they have done well or not. Priskin, Leadbitter, Norris, Chopra, Edwards, Fulop, Loach, Martin, JET are to name a few. Add in all the costs of their wages and loan fee's and wages and you're easily coming over £20M. Easily.

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    redhotitfc

    Saturday, February 16, 2013

  • To you both I am unaware of any evidence of this, and I suggest you have none either.

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    Cyril Baker

    Friday, February 15, 2013

  • Do not believe a word of this utter garbage, if the right bid comes along evans will accept it with both hands. I hear that an offer has come in from Chipperfields Circus because they realise there is a load of clowns at portman road.

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    ged scott

    Friday, February 15, 2013

  • Cyril,I can only assume that the club turned those two guys down as they did not want to be associated with the porn industry.!!

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    brisie58

    Friday, February 15, 2013

  • moan moan moan , at least he came to this club he s investing money and now we have mm and tc we have a proving manager and it takes time , i wish we were still the club from the 70 s and 80 s but were not fact roy keane came here and nearly destoryed us pj didnt do alot , give evan and mick 3 years and see where we are then, just one thing i wonder how many who moan on here actually go to games instead of moaning put ya hand in ya pocket get down there and support the club

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    jhughes

    Friday, February 15, 2013

  • Well done Brisie, do you know I had not thought of that, so perhaps you will now explain to me how he is going to get the 70 million back if he does not spend and get into the Premiership as the current team certainly will not do it.

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    Cyril Baker

    Friday, February 15, 2013

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