Clegg hoping to celebrate two years at Portman Road with win over Norwich
IT is two years tomorrow since Simon Clegg joined Ipswich Town as chief executive and front man for reclusive multi millionaire owner Marcus Evans.
It came two days after Town had beaten Norwich City 3-2 at Portman Road in what turned out to be Jim Magilton’s final game as manager before being replaced by Roy Keane.
Clegg is a former chief executive of the British Olympic Association and he did so much to help bring next year’s Games to this country.
He entered a new field when he answered Evans’ call and admitted today: “It has proved to be a demanding job, but I did not expect anything less.
“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time here and am looking forward to my first home derby game.
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“We had 24,000 against Crystal Palace recently and I greatly enjoyed the visit of Arsenal in the semi-final of the Carling Cup when the atmosphere was also great.
“It will be wonderful to see 29,000 against the Canaries with the whole place rocking.
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“It will be a fantastic occasion and one where we are looking for a positive result.
“A change of manager has had a major impact and if Paul Jewell had been here from the start of the season the stats show that we would be up there with Norwich.
“I’m full of confidence and full of belief and there’s no reason under Paul why we should not be where Norwich are now in 12 months time.
“This is taking into account the players he already has in his squad and the ones he is planning to sign in the summer.”
Clegg is looking for a strong end to the season adding: “We can take in lots of positives at the moment.
“We are playing attractive, entertaining football and a strong finish will give momentum to start next season on a high.”
The Blues chief executive does not anticipate any problems with the kick-off timing with many fans from both sides set to start their Easter holidays at lunchtime and likely to have had a few drinks before they travel to the ground.
“I’m pleased with how the police have reacted and what they have done, and I don’t anticipate any trouble.”
Ipswich are anticipating a gate above 29,000, which will be the highest league crowd of the season.