After much speculation for the last month, Ipswich Town have finally confirmed the club takeover by American consortium Gamechanger 20 Ltd.
The Athletic first reported at the back end of February that a group led by Brett Johnson, part-owner of US outfit Phoenix Rising, were close to agreeing a £17.5 million deal with long-serving Tractor Boys owner Marcus Evans to purchase the club.
Evans refuted those claims at the start of last month, but things were clearly being done in the background and last week priority land searches of the club’s training ground were issued yet again by solicitors of the consortium.
And now the news that Ipswich fans have been waiting to hear has finally been unearthed – the Suffolk club are under new ownership and the aforementioned Johnson is involved, owning 5% of Gamechanger 20 with business partners Berke Bakay and Mark Detmer.
The new chairman is former West Brom CEO Mike O’Leary, and a new UK-based CEO will be appointed, with Bristol City’s Mark Ashton originally linked a few months ago.
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Johnson has also confirmed that additional funds will be given to manager Paul Cook this summer in a bid to try and get the club back to the Championship at the earliest opportunity, in a move which will surely excite supporters.
As expected, Ipswich fans are delighted – let’s take a look at some of their reactions.
Thank you Marcus Evans, wish you well. Tried his best, it didn't work and we move on.
— 80sdarrell (@80sdarrell) April 7, 2021
Best news ever pic.twitter.com/IFPQG7ZGIw
— Paul Milner (@swadlad) April 7, 2021
— Suffolk Bhoy (@suffolkbhoy) April 7, 2021
Marcus thank you for your efforts, people don’t recognise but we could be a bury without you right now #
— Kai Lawrence 🇺🇸 (@Kai27Lawrence) April 7, 2021
Well done Marcus Evans, never a malicious owner and truly belive he wanted the best for the club, just couldn't deliver it. TY for seeing that and stepping aside. #COYB #itfc @bmjcrew28 welcome to the club!
— HanoiHanz (@HanoiHanz) April 7, 2021
Finally we can see the light at the end of the tunnel. pic.twitter.com/BAZfN2fAAy
— Maurice Sycamore (@Mogga57) April 7, 2021
— Kevin Painter (@OfficialKP180) April 7, 2021
Now let’s start clearing out the dross from the first team. Finally a new dawn that the club desperately needs!
— James (@janthonydean) April 7, 2021
— Nic Wright 💙 (@NJW70) April 7, 2021
Inject this into my veins💉💉💉💉
— Martyn Curtis (@martyncurtis123) April 7, 2021