IAN Milne and Jonathan Symonds are relishing the challenge of playing leading roles in the future of Ipswich Town.

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The duo, who have been board members of the club since Marcus Evans became owner five years ago, have been appointed joint managing-directors at Portman Road following Simon Clegg’s decision to leave his post as chief executive.

Previously based at Evans’ offices in Dublin, the pair have spent the last few days in their new position getting to know the staff at the club – both at Portman Road and at the training ground.

“Both Jonathan and myself are delighted to be at what is a fantastic football club and we really looking forward to getting to know the staff and the way the club operates,” Milne told the club’s website.

“We have been involved with Ipswich as board members for five years but now have the opportunity to work on the ‘inside’ on a daily basis and it’s a challenge we are really looking forward to.

“We will be speaking to the supporters in time and getting feedback from them, but our main objective initially is to speak to the staff here – both on the football side and the administration side – and learn from them as we look to take the club forward.”

With the club website revealing that both grew up as Chelsea fans, Symonds said: “We’re both big football fans and it’s a privilege to have this opportunity to work at such a well respected club as Ipswich.

“Obviously results on the pitch have been disappointing over recent years but there are a lot of reasons to be positive about the future of the club.

“There is a terrific fan base here for a start, as the manager has said, and it’s our job to look at anything and everything that can ultimately help bring success to Ipswich Town.”

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13 comments

  • Good Luck to you both. I would advise that you ensure that you check any quotes before they are published or you will some be stuck with a boringly repetitive (and usually very lame) nickname by one of our constantly negative friends on this very site

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    Blue Exile

    Thursday, February 7, 2013

  • Let's give them both a chance. At least they are saying that they will speak to supporters, that's got to be a plus. On a separate topic , does anyone else get there postings rejected by the 'moderator for no apparent reason ? Rob Steroo needn't reply, because he seems to have a direct line to the site !

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    felixstoweblue

    Thursday, February 7, 2013

  • Ooooooooh, there you go again having a go at our most illustrious fan, Rob Hemorrhoid. Mind you, looking at Mr Symonds, it does look he's been on the Jason Scotland diet.

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    floridaboy1

    Friday, February 8, 2013

  • Oh! my god another 2 more ignoramuses of actually knowing anything about football to join in the fun with another one in evans. Stating " a well respected club like Ipswich" must be the biggest joke of all time, as ever since evans took over their creditability has dropped to rock bottom and they have become a footballing joke amongst other clubs and their fans.

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    ged scott

    Friday, February 8, 2013

  • I'm not an Ipswich fan but give the guys a chance. They've only been appointed a short while and already certain people are having a go. Every thread on here the same people come on saying the same predictable things. If i wanted to hear repeats i'd buy a parrot! Say something positive and productive!

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    Robert Barrell

    Friday, February 8, 2013

  • Good Luck to you both. I would advise that you ensure that you check any quotes before they are published or you will some be stuck with a boringly repetitive (and usually very lame) nickname by one of our constantly negative friends on this very site

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    Blue Exile

    Thursday, February 7, 2013

  • Oh! my god another 2 more ignoramuses of actually knowing anything about football to join in the fun with another one in evans. Stating " a well respected club like Ipswich" must be the biggest joke of all time, as ever since evans took over their creditability has dropped to rock bottom and they have become a footballing joke amongst other clubs and their fans.

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    ged scott

    Friday, February 8, 2013

  • As Mr Symonds says "a well respected club as Ipswich" Well, it used to be before you boss appeared (sorry should be arrived) on the scene.

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    Brian Betts

    Friday, February 8, 2013

  • Steroo, what have you done differently over the last five years? Boring, tawdry, obvious, predictable, couldn't even make a bored hack at the paper you claim to despite. Pathetic. You're all about boring, predictable soundbites, which make me yawn every time. And your comments below are worthy of the worst tabloid, lazy journalism you claim (ostensibly) to despise - but at least you get a cheap thrill out of cheap recognition. After all, people lilke you need a cheap twitter blog as therapy. Ypou and Chopra should hold hands. Saddo.

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    Tom

    Thursday, February 7, 2013

  • Presumably Milne & Symonds are not joined at the hip or Milne would have been able to squeeze into the photo too. Did you ask what they have done as faceless suits for the last five years...and what they will do differently now?

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    Rob Steroo

    Thursday, February 7, 2013

  • Tom your crass ignorance & glorifying in your own stupidity never fails to amuse me. Clearly you have not the remotest interest in Ipswich Town. These two lackeys have been directors of the club for FIVE years and this piece of puff tells you they are 'really looking forward to getting to know the staff and the way the club operates' (according to a soundbite lifted from the club web site, which was itself lifted from a press release). Do you not realise that Major Soundbite was made redundant as a cost-cutting exercise and that tweedledum and tweedledee are here to carry on the good work at reduced cost.... yet have already admitted that as directors of the club they have no idea what is going on?

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    Rob Steroo

    Friday, February 8, 2013

  • Tom your crass ignorance & glorifying in your own stupidity never fails to amuse me. Clearly you have not the remotest interest in Ipswich Town. These two lackeys have been directors of the club for FIVE years and this piece of puff tells you they are 'really looking forward to getting to know the staff and the way the club operates' (according to a soundbite lifted from the club web site, which was in turn lifted from a press release). Do you not realise that Major Soundbite was made redundant as a cost-cutting exercise and that tweedledum and tweedledee are here to carry on the good work at reduced cost.... yet have already admitted that as offshore directors of the offshore investment they have no idea what is going on?

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    Rob Steroo

    Friday, February 8, 2013

  • Put Jonathan Falstaff in goal. He may lack mobility, I suspect, but he will significantly reduce the size of the target facing the oppostion. This would represent a much more useful contribution than providing a public face. And Mistress Quickly would be delighted, too. He hath eaten me out of house and home.

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    Bertie Shrimp

    Friday, February 8, 2013

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