Bristol City have confirmed that CEO Mark Ashton will step down from his role at the end of the season.
Ashton has been at the Robins for more than five years and he’s revealed that he’s seeking a ‘new challenge’ away from the club.
And that new challenge looks likely to be at Ipswich Town, with the East Anglian Daily Times reporting that the Tractor Boys are closing in on Ashton as he will run the club’s day-to-day affairs.
A move to Suffolk has been in the works for weeks according to FootballLeagueWorld’s sources, with Ashton being headhunted by Ipswich’s new American owners.
There’s been lots of changes at Bristol City since Ashton joined, with the stadium undergoing a redevelopment, a state-of-the-art training ground that has just opened and for his work, Ashton was named Championship CEO of the Year in 2019.
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That all seems good but a lot of City fans will probably tell you a different story as to Ashton’s increased involvement in transfer dealings being a bad thing.
Players have been sold for big profits during his time as both COO and CEO, including Adam Webster and Bobby Reid, but the lack of progress on the pitch has been a source of frustration for supporters and many blame Ashton for that – so the reaction to his impending departure will not be a shock.
IPSWICH TOWN I LOVE YOU
— Gabriel (@PeeledPeas_) April 13, 2021
I’d like to thank him for absolutely robbing our football club blind, being one of the most annoying and unlikeable humans I have ever experienced and let me be clear, I am delighted.
— Tom cuff (@tomcuff1) April 13, 2021
Best news to come out of the club in years, this is far bigger than appointing Pearson.
— Tom (@TomHagueBCFC) April 13, 2021
Despite his reputation of late and possibly taking credit for other work regards player sales etc, the work he has done with the other aspects of his role to put the club where it is. The time is right for him to go, but credit where it's due.
— Chris Wilkinson (@CJW15_) April 13, 2021
He split opinion but I think he did a good job overall (the last 12 months excluded in football terms). Club now in a strong financial and commercial position off the pitch. Time for a new CEO who can make sure we deliver on it 👏🏻
— Tom Harries ✌🏼️🌍 (@tomharries) April 13, 2021
No doubt he has had some good influences here with sales… but the recruitment side has been very poor. No point having a first class – premiere league standard training facilities without any desire of getting to the top. Definitely time for a change
— sage (@Esage64) April 13, 2021
Wish him all the best. Fantastic negotiator but lost the fans with the Debacle of last summers managerial appointment.
— Lumanona (@LumaNona) April 13, 2021
Things you love to see 🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩
— Ciaran Dunford (@ciaran_dunford) April 13, 2021
Today is a good day… A very good day indeed! We finally get our club back 🙌🏼
— Harrison (@HarrisonLewis94) April 13, 2021