Ipswich Town owner Marcus Evans has apologised to the support after he implied fan pressure played a part in the club’s recent struggles.
In a statement released last week that backed current under-fire boss Paul Lambert, Evans stated; ‘I will not be swayed into making the mistakes neatly summed up by the term ‘be careful what you wish for’ which caused our demise a couple of years ago.’
That was a clear reference to the decision to sack Mick McCarthy, who was also disliked by large sections of the support. The Tractor Boys were relegated the season after the ex-Ireland chief left, and haven’t returned to the Championship since.
However, pointing to that appeared to deflect from the many mistakes that Evans has made in his time at Portman Road, so fans were not happy.
And, in another update shared on the club’s site, the businessman admitted he shouldn’t have used that term.
“It was not meant to offend nor defer blame for past mistakes and if anyone took offence, I apologise. To be clear I have not been swayed in the past when making important decisions for Ipswich Town, some have been good, some poor but I am 100% responsible for all of them.”
Ipswich are currently third in League One ahead of a huge game against Portsmouth this weekend.
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It was out of order from Evans to say that, because the fans aren’t the ones that make the decisions.
Having said that, he’s apologised now, and he has taken full responsibility for the position Ipswich are in, which is the right thing to do.
Now, everyone at the club has to try and pull together. It’s clear that Lambert won’t be going anywhere, so the focus has to be in winning promotion – and that’s possible this season.
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