Marcus: Fans deserve the Premier best

IPSWICH Town club owner Marcus Evans has set his sights on making it a happy and successful 2010 for Blues fans.In his mid-term message that will be printed in full in Monday's match-day programme for the visit to Portman Road of Queens Park Rangers (kick-off 3pm), the reclusive Evans admits that Town's supporters are being short changed.

Elvin King

IPSWICH Town club owner Marcus Evans has set his sights on making it a happy and successful 2010 for Blues fans.

In his mid-term message that will be printed in full in Monday's match-day programme for the visit to Portman Road of Queens Park Rangers (kick-off 3pm), the reclusive Evans admits that Town's supporters are being short changed.

“They deserve to be watching top-flight football,” he said.


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“They have given us fantastic support, and like every fan I have found the results on occasions massively frustrating.”

Evans wants to move on now and the run of 10 games unbeaten has put more spring in his step as he looks forward to better times ahead.

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“There is little point in dwelling on the past, and our current run of form is far more encouraging,” he added.

“I appreciate that it takes a new manager time to get a team to gel and to install his beliefs in everyone from the coaching staff to the scouts and from the kit man to the caterers.

“From that point of view we have made great progress, and behind the scenes everyone has been focused on taking the club to a new level.

“No one is working harder than Roy and the players to put our league position right and we are beginning to see that hard work pay off now.”

Evans has been part of the heartbreak endured at a number of matches this season when points have been wretchedly lost in the later stages of games.

“With a little bit of luck going our way we would have been in a very different position,” he continued before going on to confirm that at the moment his manager is under no great pressure.

“When Roy first arrived at the club, he talked about his lack of patience and wanting to take Ipswich up straightaway.”

“He signed a two-year contract though and if it's not this year, then hopefully it will be next year.

“It's important though that when we do reach the Premier League - and I have no doubt we will - we will be ready to compete at that level.

“That's why we have to get all the building blocks in place and that can take time.”

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