Boardroom blow to Sheepshanks

LORD Ryder is poised to resign as an Ipswich Town director.A long-term supporter of the club, he has already spoken to chairman David Sheepshanks about his desire to quit the board.

By Mel Henderson

LORD Ryder is poised to resign as an Ipswich Town director.

A long-term supporter of the club, he has already spoken to chairman David Sheepshanks about his desire to quit the board.

The news will stun supporters given the impression of a united boardroom at Portman Road.

Sheepshanks spoke at the weekend of changes at the top and confirmed new directors would be appointed.

But there was no mention of anyone quitting, something I believe 54-year-old Lord Ryder has been contemplating for some time.

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I understand Sheepshanks has been unable to dissuade his boardroom colleague and that an announcement will follow in due course.

Lord (Richard) Ryder of Wensum joined the board in March 1999 at the invitation of Sheepshanks, who said at the time: "He has blue and white blood flowing through his veins."

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