Ipswich Town owner Marcus Evans has apologised to the club’s fans after relegation from the Championship was confirmed with Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Birmingham at Portman Road.
It has been a shocking season for Ipswich, who have won just four of their 42 league games this season, with the sacking of Paul Hurst and replacement by Paul Lambert just 14 games into the season doing little to change the club’s fortunes.
In a statement released on Ipswich’s official website following confirmation of League One football next season, Evans apologised to the supporters for the club’s position, taking responsibility for mistakes that were made when the club “tried something different at the start of the season.”
Evans, who took over the club in 2007, added that manager Paul Lambert and the majority of the current squad would make up the core of the team competing to return to the Championship next season.
The owner also outlined plans to bring through current younger players at the club for the long term, adding he would rather give them the pathway into first team football, claiming: “Whilst there is a place for one or two loans and players who can bring vital experience in the latter stages of their careers, the majority of the squad need to be younger players who will be improving week by week.”
The 55-year-old also spoke about his own involvement with the club, adding: “I have become much more hands-on at the Club since the turn of the year and that will continue.”
Despite Evans’ comments, many Ipswich fans seemed unconvinced by what the club’s owner has said as they took to Twitter to respond to the statement.
Here are some of the best of those reactions…
Glad he's accepting responsibility but I don't think it was just the summer that mistakes were made. This relegation has been coming for years. You can't run a football club like you can any other of his businesses.
— Despicable ME (@reuserisgod) April 14, 2019
Sorry makes everything ok? I don't think so all these years of promise and what have we got to show nothing apart from this amazing fanbase who week in week out come to support there team. Think it's time to go as we declining rather quick. We all deserve better ????
— James Matthew Kester (@00jkester) April 14, 2019
We should not even be here Marcus. You have presided over failure. Failed to invest when we had a chance of success and ultimately have made 10 years of bad decisions. Time to go, sell up.
— Mark F (@Pleyndamour) April 14, 2019
Its not just what's happening now Marcus. Continued lack of investment, player sales etc. When you have the same budget that Burton had last year you know your in trouble
— Richard Moss #408 (@mosschops41) April 14, 2019
No Marcus Evans you are still hiding away unlike other owners who engage with the supporters and want to be part of the fan club. You bought this club to it's current position. Constantly employing non football experienced people and you're still the invisible man
— jacqueline cumiskey (@justjacsuffolk) April 14, 2019
Changes the strategy dependant on predicament. Perennial underinvestment and bad management leave us here. With ME in charge the continued trajectory is painfully downwards
— Craig Ablitt (@crablitt81) April 14, 2019
Basically means we won’t be spending anything as youngsters will play. We will get eaten up in league 1, especially in midfield by stronger, more physical teams.
— Adam Morton (@adam7itfc) April 14, 2019