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Marcus Evans saved us from second administration says supporters’ chief Liz Edwards

10:48 13 December 2012

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Liz Edwards

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HE might be on the verge of five years in charge at Portman Road.

But Marcus Evans’ tenure as owner of Ipswich Town will only be defined by whether the club returns to the Premier League.

That is the view of Liz Edwards, chairman of the official supporters club, who believes Town fans should be thankful that Evans saved the club from a second administration when he bought the club in December 2007.

But Edwards admits Evans’ time has not been wholly favourable after a succession of managers, brought in by the reclusive owner, failed to return Premier League football to Portman Road.

She said: “Marcus Evans, without doubt, saved us from a second administration and his continued investment has ensured that we have not fallen out of the Championship. That is a record that many other, bigger clubs wish they could boast.

“In the end though, his ownership will be judged by progress up the league table, at least to being regular play-off contenders, but – ultimately – to promotion.”

On Monday, Evans will celebrate five years since his ownership, a 87.5% stake in the club, was ratified by an extraordinary general meeting.

Former Blues favourite David Wright today tells this newspaper of the excitement this generated in the dressing room – something wholeheartedly replicated on the terraces.

But his time has thus far been defined by a series of unsuccessful seasons, sacked managers and big wages spent for little reward.

It has not all been bad with Evans praised throughout his time in Suffolk for giving his managers time while also ploughing millions into the playing staff.

And Edwards is hopeful that in his latest manager, Mick McCarthy, there is hope of a corner being turned after 10 points from the last four matches has seen the Blues start to move away from the relegation zone.

Edwards added: “It seems that Marcus Evans had learned from previous disappointments – hiring Mick McCarthy is looking like an inspired piece of business.”

9 comments

  • Ted maul,CALL YOURSELF A supporter,you should be ashamed of yourself.

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    brisie58

    Thursday, December 13, 2012

  • M.E.may have made mistakes with previous managers. But can he really win with whatever choice he makes. Some say go for experience, well if you do, chances are he's been sacked before. Go for a young man, some will say. Then if he fails, well you know "He wasn't experience enough" Some of the best managers in the World have been sacked at some time or other. It's part and parcel of the job. Especially when every owner and most of the fans expect success, even if the poor guy doesn't get the financial backing. MM's doing a fine job at the moment, but success will depend on him getting the backing financially from ME and of course, him using that backing by bringing in the right players. Time will tell. But let's not talk about failure when we are having a modicum of success.

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    whymarkmariner

    Thursday, December 13, 2012

  • Liz, if ME had been the only interested party that would have been true, but of course that was not the case

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    Cyril Baker

    Thursday, December 13, 2012

  • Ye Gods Ted Maul. I don't know 1 manager world wide who has had only success. Even Morinho is having an 'unsuccessful' season so to say MM has a mixed history is just stating the blooming obvious along with every other football manager in the world.

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    bristan

    Thursday, December 13, 2012

  • apart from a handful of managers, Sir Alex & arsene included, dont most managers have a mix of success & failure? Unless of course you take a risk and appoint someone unproven like magilton!! We need a strong manager to sort out the dressing room and a good defensive coach. Both of which Mick appears to be. Even back in George Burley's managerial days, our defence wasnt that great but we just scored lots of goals

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    Philip Wright

    Thursday, December 13, 2012

  • Marcus is a sound businessman and although not everything he does is for sporting reasons his astute business know-how and hs financial stamina, have ensured that even in this harsh economic climate, Ipswich Town is in very safe hands. He is shrewdness personified!

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    FRANK WESTON

    Thursday, December 13, 2012

  • Comments moderator, I love you

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    SouperJim

    Thursday, December 13, 2012

  • How has he "learned from previous appointments" by employing another experienced manager with a mixed history of success and failure? McCarthy's start only mirrors Jewells' and in 2 years time we'll be back to square one.

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    Ted Maul

    Thursday, December 13, 2012

  • Marcus is a sound businessman and although not everything he does is for the love of the sport he is very shrewd and has helped us through the difficult times with astute financial judegment.

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    FRANK WESTON

    Thursday, December 13, 2012

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