Sheepshanks: Buck stops with me

IPSWICH chairman David Sheepshanks today stressed: "The buck stops with me."Sheepshanks' column in the match programme for tonight's clash with play-off rivals Wolves makes interesting reading.

By Mel Henderson

IPSWICH chairman David Sheepshanks today stressed: "The buck stops with me."

Sheepshanks' column in the match programme for tonight's clash with play-off rivals Wolves makes interesting reading.

Not surprisingly, it majors on the club's mounting cash crisis after calling in the administrators last week.

Apart from words of sympathy for the club's many creditors, who stand to lose a lot of money, he also thanks supporters for their continued backing and reveals that many have contacted the club to pledge financial support.

He writes: "As chairman, the buck stops with me and I take responsibility for both what is and what isn't under our control.

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"We can all wish certain signings may have worked out differently (in which case we probably wouldn't have been relegated) or that they did not

happen at all… but that is history and hindsight is a wonderful thing.

"Whatever was done was only in the considered belief that it was in the best interests of ITFC – to consolidate our Premiership status."

Sheepshanks praises the fans, stresses the need to turn them into Town's

collective 'extra man on the field' and urges them: "Let's make this stadium rock with a passion for the rest of our games and get the club back on track."

Then he adds: "As for my role, I will continue to do whatever I can to return the club to security and better times.

"In particular, I am determined that we must achieve a successful recapitalisation of the club in order to strengthen us financially for the future.

"These are early days but anyone interested in participating should please write directly to me."

Sheepshanks also reveals the club are investigating other methods of improving the club's cash flow – "which may include an early launch for season ticket renewals – again more details shortly."

The chairman also takes a swipe at Premiership giants Newcastle for their recent approach to the administrators for teenage pair Darren Ambrose and Darren Bent.

He writes: "This was firmly rejected and I wish to reiterate that there is

neither pressure nor reason for any

cut-price deals being done for our best young players, irrespective of our

current plight.

"As to the manner of the approach, I suppose nothing should surprise us anymore but it is revealing that Newcastle should feel it appropriate or proper

conduct to go behind our backs and not, to this day, to contact us directly."

Meanwhile, the players' union has put Town stars firmly in the picture as to what the club's plunge into administration means to them.

PFA commercial executive Mick McGuire said: "The club hope they will only be in administration a short time and all the players' contracts are

protected.

"When the players agreed to a wage deferral earlier in the season we were not made aware of it, but the chairman has had us in right from the beginning this time.

"I have been to Portman Road and told the players the position. They take more comfort when they hear it from us."

n Former boss George Burley was on the panel of judges who decided Ipswich's recent win over Sheffield United, when they came from 2-0 down with ten men to eventually win 3-2, merited the Scottish Life Performance of the Week award.

The other judges were Sir Alex Ferguson, Howard Wilkinson, Barry Fry and Dave Bassett.

The club receives an engraved crystal football trophy.

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