Clegg: Blues are finished

SIMON Clegg, the voice of Ipswich Town, insists the blues are over for the Portman Road-based club.

Elvin King

SIMON Clegg, the voice of Ipswich Town, insists the blues are over for the Portman Road-based club.

He says they will very soon be back on track, and despite going bottom of the Championship table with Tuesday's 3-3 draw at Sheffield United manager Roy Keane will achieve his target of promotion to the Premier League.

Clegg met with the press yesterday, to clear the air after the club's worst start to any season and just five points from the first 30 on offer.

Keane's job is certainly not on the line, and Clegg, who is the spokesperson for reclusive owner Marcus Evans, says he is the right man for the job.

“I am confident things will be turned round within the next few weeks,” said Clegg.

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“Despite what may have been written in last Sunday's papers about Roy he is very professional and focussed.

“He is extremely honest and someone I enjoy working with and supporting. He tells it as he sees it, which is very refreshing.

“Roy is under no additional pressure from the board. He is the type of man who puts pressure on himself and he knows what he has to achieve.

“I am supremely confident he will achieve. He has a two-year contract, but no time constraints have ever been put on him to take Ipswich up.”

Clegg, who was unveiled as chief executive in April, after a 12-year reign as chief executive of the British Olympic Association, went on: “As for the play-offs this season, we have played just 10 games and I remain optimistic until it would be mathematically impossible.

“Five of those games have been against sides in the top six; with the last two away displays giving plenty of encouragement for the immediate and long-term future.

“But it has been disappointing, and I'm not going to shy away from that.

“Our fans deserve better and want better but the silent majority are still right behind the manager and confident in his ability.

“There is a three-way relationship, between Roy, Marcus and myself, and this is as strong today as it was during the close-season.”

Clegg confirmed that money is currently available to strengthen the squad through loan signings adding:

“If the manager identifies the right player at the right price, who is going to fill a gap in the team, then we will be sympathetic. Marcus is in it for the long term and he has every confidence in Roy to turn it around. That has not been dimmed or diluted in the slightest.

“We are taking the big picture. Things take time to settle.”

Clegg confirmed that Evans had a private meeting on Saturday with Lady Elsie Robson and two of her sons Paul and Mark, and handed over seven volumes of books of remembrance with over 3,000 names.

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