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Catch up on what was said in our Marcus Evans webchat special

PUBLISHED: 13:37 18 December 2017

Ipswich Town owner Marcus Evans. Photo: Pagepix

Ipswich Town owner Marcus Evans. Photo: Pagepix

Today marks the 10th anniversary of Marcus Evans completing his takeover of Ipswich Town.

EADT and Ipswich Star chief football writer Stuart Watson held a special webchat this lunchtime.

Jim Magilton, Roy Keane, Paul Jewell and Mick McCarthy have all been managers during the last decade, with Town finishing anywhere between sixth and 16th in the Championship table.

Evans struck a deal to purchased £32m of debts from Aviva and Barclays Banks at a reduced price – reports of 20p in the pound – and spent big in the first few years seeking a rapid promotion to the Premier League.

Keane and Jewell wasted transfer funds on big-money flops such as Tamas Priskin, Lee Martin, Jay Emmanuel-Thomas and Paul Taylor, with Evans subsequently tightening the purse strings for the last five years of what has generally been over-achievement under McCarthy.

Debts – owed exclusively to Evans – have risen to £89m, with annual losses, on average, between £6-7m.

Where do we go from here? Join the discussion.

Bersant Celina could have joined Bolton Wanderers in the summer rather than moving to Ipswich Town - and he’s convinced he made the right decision.

Ipswich Town’s Bryan Klug was spotted keeping an eye on Colchester United and Wycombe at the weekend.

Sports writer Andy Warren takes a look at Ipswich Town’s business in the January transfer window so far.

FA Youth Cup Fourth Round

Ipswich Town U18s 2

Dagenham & Redbridge U18s 1

Ipswich Town’s U18 Academy boss Alan Lee praised his side after they progressed in the FA Youth Cup after beating Dagenham & Redbridge 2-1 at Portman Road last night.

FA Youth Cup

Ipswich Town 2 Dagenham & Redbridge 1

Ipswich Town U18 Academy boss Alan Lee is hoping his young charges can keep up the proud Blues tradition of success in youth football, with victory against Dagenham & Redbridge in the FA Youth Cup Fourth Round tonight, at Portman Road, 7pm ko.

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy believes young defender Chris Smith returned from his loan spell at Chelmsford ‘more of a bloke’ and is hopeful he has a first team future.

Ipswich Town U23 3

QPR 0

Ben Morris hit a brace and Aaron Drinan opened his account in a blue shirt as an experienced Ipswich Town under 23 side eased past QPR 3-0 at Playford Road today, writes Kieren Standley.

FA Women’s Premier League

South East Division One

Ipswich Town 9

Haringey Borough 0

Ipswich Town Ladies bounced back from last Sunday’s disappointing FA Cup exit to Charlton with an emphatic 9-0 trouncing of bottom of the league Haringey Borough at the Goldstar Ground in Felixstowe, writes Kieren Standley.

Leeds United boss Thomas Christiansen is set to appeal the red card given to Eunan O’Kane following his altercation with Jonas Knudsen.

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