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Gallery/Poll: Simon Clegg to leave Ipswich Town

PUBLISHED: 15:06 05 February 2013 | UPDATED: 11:09 06 February 2013

Simon Clegg

Simon Clegg

Ipswich Town chief executive Simon Clegg is leaving the club, it has been announced today.

Owner Marcus Evans made the surprise announcement this morning. Clegg will not be replaced, and it is understood that Evans himself will take a more hands-on role.

Some of Clegg’s salary, believed to be about £150,000 a year, will be available for manager Mick McCarthy as he aims to build a first-team squad capable of challenging for promotion from the Championship.

Clegg, a former British Olympic Association chief, joined Ipswich Town in the spring of 2008. One of his first tasks was to axe manager Jim Magilton.

He has often borne the brunt of criticism from fans when Ipswich have failed to land high-profile transfer targets like Charlie Austin, now with Burnley. However, it is believed to be owner Evans who sanctions – or vetoes – transfer deals and players’ wage demands.

Evans said: “Following a review of the club’s management structure and the Financial Fair Play budgeting requirements it became clear that we would need to operate differently going forward and Simon and I mutually agreed that it was time for him to seek new opportunities.

“I would like to place on record my huge appreciation for all of Simon’s hard work, loyalty and professionalism. Over the last four years he has done an outstanding job as the public face of the club.”

Commenting on his decision, Simon Clegg said: “As a result of the strategic review, it is clear that moving towards breakeven will challenge all clubs, not just Ipswich Town.

“At the top of our agenda, and quite rightly, has been the priority to protect the playing budget. This, coupled with the owner’s intention to play a more hands-on role has led me to the decision that now is the right time to seek a new challenge.

“Whilst we have been discussing this for some time, we agreed to leave any final decision until nearer the time when the rules are due to take effect, at the end of this season, and after the end of this last transfer window.

“I will be returning to my family in Surrey and over the coming months will be looking for my next professional challenge in international or domestic sport.”

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