I understand fans’ transfer frustrations says Ipswich Town chief executive Simon Clegg

SIMON Clegg has admitted he understands supporters’ frustration over the club’s dealings in the summer transfer window.

Paul Jewell and the Blues’ hierarchy have largely maintained a tight-lipped stance on transfers – until there were strong developments, as in the case of George Boyd and Paul Taylor this week.

Clegg, writing in tomorrow’s matchday programme, makes no apologies for this but understand fans’ thirst for knowledge.

In a statement released by the club, Clegg said: “It is important to note as I have said before that dealings in the transfer market are like playing multi dimensional chess where quite often the next move of your opponent is dependent upon another set of games they are playing with multiple opponents.

“In the world of 24 hour media coverage this is hugely frustrating for everyone concerned, but in particular the fans because they never have all the facts and can only see a two dimensional game being played.

“It is for this reason that I have been consistent in my policy of not saying anything about potential dealings until I have something definite to say.

“Commenting on speculation only fuels the debate, adds to the frustration of the fans and potentially can be extremely counterproductive to any further negotiations that may or may not take place.

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“Because of much of the above, fans seldom have all the facts on which to make an informed judgement, but I genuinely believe that this policy continues to be the right way to do business and is in the best interests of the club.”