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Simon Clegg regrets Jordan Rhodes sale

PUBLISHED: 10:30 06 February 2013 | UPDATED: 10:30 06 February 2013

Jordan Rhodes

Jordan Rhodes

SIMON Clegg revealed his regret over the sale of Championship hot-shot Jordan Rhodes but has defended the Blues’ transfer policy, ahead of this weekend’s trip to Blackburn Rovers.

Clegg, who stepped down as chief executive at Portman Road yesterday after almost four years, had been at Ipswich for just a matter of months when then-manager Roy Keane deemed Rhodes surplus to requirements.

More than 100 league and cup goals later, Rhodes, who was sold an undisclosed six-figure fee, eventually rising to around £1.4m, is comfortably justifying his £8m summer transfer fee from Huddersfield to Blackburn, having already plundered 24 goals for his club and country this season.

Clegg left his role as Blues chief executive yesterday and admitted Rhodes’ success since leaving Portman Road was bittersweet.

“Hindsight is a wonderful thing and with the benefit of that, yes, we would have kept him,” said Clegg, who joined the club in April 2009.

“Jordan has done incredibly well in League One and the Championship since leaving Ipswich and I hope he looks back on his time at Ipswich with fond memories.

“But let’s be clear, ever since myself and Marcus (Evans) have arrived at the club, we have trusted in the judgement in the manager.”

The sale of Rhodes has since been compounded by the club’s failure to sign a number of transfer targets, including Brighton goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak and prolific Burnley striker, Charlie Austin.

While Clegg admitted mistakes had been made, he was also keen to defend the club’s transfer policy.

“We have achieved with the vast majority of our targets and that reflects in the 73 players we have signed during my time at the club,” he added.

“Some (signings) have been outside the financial wherewithal that we could afford and maybe some players came here using the club as a stalking horse to get a better deal somewhere else.

“The easy thing would be to point the finger at Marcus Evans and say that he has not invested but you can’t do that.

“There has been no lack of investment but for whatever reason, many of the players have not gelled in the way we needed and not played with consistency.

“I recognise as chief executive and chairman though that the fans need to vent their frustration on someone and I have been their focus.

“But that goes with the job.”

Fans have a big role to play in the “massive” East Anglian derby this weekend – and must cheer on the Blues all the way to victory.

Punters are tipping Ipswich Town to win Sunday’s hotly-anticipated derby clash with old rivals Norwich City.

Ipswich Town skipper Luke Chambers says the new-look Blues squad should fear no-one in the Championship – and that includes Norwich this Sunday.

Respected Sky Sports pundit Danny Higginbotham insists cool heads will decide Sunday’s East Anglian Championship derby between Ipswich Town and Norwich City.

The Gunn family know all about the highs and lows that the East Anglian derby can provide and Angus is relishing the chance to follow in the footsteps of his father for Norwich this Sunday.

Ipswich Town skipper Luke Chambers issued a rallying call to his team-mates ahead of Sunday’s derby clash with Norwich City telling them “now is the time to stand-up and be counted.”

Ipswich Town legend and former England captain Terry Butcher has paid tribute to his son Christopher’s “larger than life character” and described him as a “formidable and true friend” following the 35-year-old’s death.

Ipswich Town skipper Luke Chambers has hit back at Nelson Oliveira’s claim that Norwich City are a ‘better club’ with ‘better players’ by calling the City striker ‘not very well educated’.

The fit-and-firing David McGoldrick is the Ipswich Town player that Norwich City fans would most like to have in the Canary ranks in Sunday’s East Anglian derby.

Former Ipswich Town star Marcus Stewart says players have to put themselves “in the shoes of the fans” on derby day.

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