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Simon Clegg reflects on “mixed” spell at Ipswich Town

20:01 05 February 2013

Simon Clegg

Simon Clegg

SIMON CLEGG stood down as chief executive of Ipswich Town on Tuesday and reflected on a “mixed” tenure, during nearly four years at Portman Road.

As part of a strategy to meet the financial challenges of the Financial Fair Play rules, Marcus Evans, the club’s owner, and other members of the Board will be taking a more hands-on approach to the day-to-day management at Portman Road.

Clegg’s roles and responsibilities will be shared by joint-managing directors Jonathan Symonds and Ian Milne, with fellow board member Martin Pitcher working in a supporting role.

Clegg said: Obviously it’s been mixed and whether we like it or not, everything is judged on what happens on the pitch.

“There have been some successes but not as many as I would have liked, and generally speaking there have been some disappointments.

“I operate under the financial constraints of the owner and secondly, every player has his price,” added Clegg, in reference to Town missing out on transfer targets such as Charlie Austin and Tomasz Kuszczak.

“I recognise that, as chief executive and chairman, fans need to vent their frustration on someone and I have been the focus, but that goes with the job.”

He added: “I am moving on and I wish the club well for the future and genuinely believe that with Mick McCarthy in charge, Marcus Evans playing a much more hands on role and Bryan Klug in charge of the academy, it is in a good position.”

For much more with Clegg, read tomorrow’s Ipswich Star and East Anglian Daily Times.

13 comments

  • You got it in one Ken.

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    floridaboy1

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

  • A 'mixed' spell? Hmmm maybe a grim mix of the inept, spurious, unitentionally hilarious and downright embarrassing. The best (or worst) thing you could say about Major Soundbite is that he made people yearn for Sheepshanks. And Sheepshanks detroyed the club. Some legacy for Major Soundbite to take off into the sunset... with a large pay-off added to the debt.

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    Rob Steroo

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • Seems to me evans is just cutting down the wage bill and it matters not that clegg did a wonderful job at portman road. Who will be next the ball boys? We all know the town are just a tax dodge for evans and what the town do a very poor second. Town have become a laughing stock in the football world as their demise gathers momentum!!!

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    ged scott

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

  • One thing I picked up from Mr. Cleggs comments I totally disagree with. He makes the point that because of constraints certain players were not purchased. My point is, he seems to be passing the buck as it's not what you pay for a player, it's how they play for you. You only have to look at Chelsea to see that no matter how higher profile the player and how much he costs it doesn't naturally follow that you end up with a great player or a great team. Great teams are often made up of a few great players, a few good players and one or two fairly ordinary players who are grafters. You may stand more of a chance with huge sums of money, but a good Manager and scouting system can be equally important. MM is the right man and with a degree of ME's money town can be a success again.

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    whymarkmariner

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • One person who used to post on here, Kevin Bailey, will at last feel able to go to PR again. Does anyone know what has happened to Kevin ?

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    Brian Betts

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

  • Here you go again picking on poor old Rob. It's almost becoming a national past time. By the look on Cleggs face the caption should have read, "A mixed smell" @ Portman Road. Bet he would have denied that as well.

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    floridaboy1

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

  • A 'mixed' spell? Hmmm maybe a grim mix of the inept, spurious, unitentionally hilarious and downright embarrassing. The best (or worst) thing you could say about Major Soundbite is that he made people yearn for Sheepshanks. And Sheepshanks detroyed the club. Some legacy for Major Soundbite to take off into the sunset... with a large pay-off added to the debt.

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    Rob Steroo

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • g'day floridaboy: the reason we 'pick on' 'poor old Rob' is because this is the only function she serves. We read posts of stunning banality, illiteracy and tedium, and realise that, by contrast, our own lives must be really, really good.

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    Ken Hairy

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

  • Rob, I hear that ME is planning to target you next. He is selling raffle tickets to increase the revenue for the club. Two winning tickets, second prize to hold you down with first prize having the pleasure of swinging the axe! Apparently we have already sold enough tickets to secure the transfer of Messi.

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    Alan Mason

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

  • Defiant to the end or just plain deluded ? I believe the latter rather than the former. SC's tenure was not a mixed bag, there was no success. Inept contract negotiations in his 1st year, follwoed by abismal management appointments. that were under his direct stewardship. Im pleased ME has finally realised (all be it 3 years too late) that SC was so far out of his depth in running the day to day activities of ITFC. Maybe having McCarthy around, a manager who at least has been proven at every level, unlike the other chumps who's only claim to fame in management was getting promoted, has shown SC up for what he is, a very good talker who can certainly talk the talk, but just can't walk the walk. Good riddance to someone who had as much passion for ITFC as I do for walking over broken glass !

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    J P W

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

  • The bald truth is that this is yet another cost-cutting measure to maintain the income stream out of the club. I suppose it must be good news that such an inept & useless 'CEO' (footballspeak for a hapless mouthpiece for the asset stripping regime) - but one can but wonder what you EADT hacks will do for soundbites now the major is galloping off with his pay-off tucked in his saddlebags. Will the invisible man speak from behind a curtain? Will he do pressconferences by mobile phone? Will his words of wisdom be downloaded from outer space where he is 'on business'? One thing is for sure.... Offshore InvestmentFC will become yet more embarrassing as the faceless men become 'more involved'.

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    Rob Steroo

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

  • One thing I picked up from Mr. Cleggs comments I totally disagree with. He makes the point that because of constraints certain players were not purchased. My point is, he seems to be passing the buck as it's not what you pay for a player, it's how they play for you. You only have to look at Chelsea to see that no matter how higher profile the player and how much he costs it doesn't naturally follow that you end up with a great player or a great team. Great teams are often made up of a few great players, a few good players and one or two fairly ordinary players who are grafters. You may stand more of a chance with huge sums of money, but a good Manager and scouting system can be equally important. MM is the right man and with a degree of ME's money town can be a success again.

    Report this comment

    whymarkmariner

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • Rob, I hear that ME is planning to target you next. He is selling raffle tickets to increase the revenue for the club. Two winning tickets, second prize to hold you down with first prize having the pleasure of swinging the axe! Apparently we have already sold enough tickets to secure the transfer of Messi.

    Report this comment

    Alan Mason

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

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