Ipswich Town will be hoping they can win promotion back into the Championship heading into the new league campaign, which is set to get underway in August.
The Tractor Boys finished ninth in the League One table this term, in what was a slightly frustrating season on the whole for the Portman Road faithful, who would have been eager to see their side push for a timely return into the second tier of English football.
Speaking to The Athletic, Ipswich Town’s co-owner Brett Johnson revealed that he is only looking to keep 10% of the first-team squad that were in place in March when Paul Cook took charge at Portman Road ahead of a summer of change at the club.
“We’re making wholesale changes. We had long calls with Paul and we have a lot of faith in him.
“He was the manager that we were intending to appoint, and Marcus Evans reached out to us because (Cook) was appointed before we closed the deal, but that he was on our very, very short list.
“Paul showed up and there were something like 43 players on the extended roster; I think we’re keeping about 10 per cent of them. The question is how quickly you can bring in so much talent and get it to click.”
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Plenty of Ipswich Town supporters took to social media to react to Johnson’s recent comments on the first-team squad, with a number of fans being pleased to hear of his recent admission.
Take a look at the best of the reaction from Twitter below….
— Richard Proctor (@RichardProctor3) June 15, 2021
Are we playing 6 aside next season then! Better get your skates on then and start bringing more players in!
— Dids (@afrodids) June 15, 2021
Good. The squad had two seasons to get promoted and failed. Buzzing for next season #itfc
— Matthew Stevens (@mattstevens14) June 15, 2021
We really need to get these players in yesterday if we are basically gelling a new 11 in pre-season
— Blake (@ipsblakey1984) June 15, 2021
im sure hes talked to MA and PC and knows the situation better than us so this makes me more confident there will be at least 3 or 4 this week some next week then some touching up before season starts, they will need time but it will come together. #itfc
— Stephen Parry (@NW1Stephen) June 15, 2021
— Ben Notley (@BenNotley) June 15, 2021
— Reuser Premiership (@RPremiership) June 15, 2021
Blimey! Sounds like they might be settling quite a few contracts! https://t.co/J4aKEszvYy
— Tim Donovan #FBPE 🔶💙 (@DonovanTim) June 15, 2021
Best get a move on and sign some players then mate 😉 https://t.co/2hRUgthhGz
— Dan (@DanielDaws1) June 15, 2021