Ipswich Town owner Marcus Evans ‘excited about future’

Town owner Marcus Evans. Picture: STEVE WALLER

Town owner Marcus Evans. Picture: STEVE WALLER - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Ipswich Town owner Marcus Evans says he is ‘excited about the future’ following a positive start to the season.

The Blues may have been outclassed in Saturday’s 2-0 home defeat to Fulham, but they head into the first international break second in the Championship table with 12 points to their name following wins against Birmingham, Barnsley, Millwall and Brentford.

Following the lowest finish in 58 years (16th), Town have enjoyed their best start in 43 years.

Addressing supporters in a rare set of programme notes, Evans wrote: “We were all left very disappointed by last season but I hope what you, the supporters, have seen so far from the team has given you renewed optimism for the year ahead.

“It was important to freshen things up and put in place a degree of rebuilding and we have done that.

“Our new signings are scoring, the fans are being entertained and our youngsters are making a real name for themselves.

“We are confident that we have a squad more than capable of competing in this league. It is being tested to the full at the moment with the injuries we have had, but with players to come back I’m excited about the future.”

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Town signed Emyr Huws (Cardiff, £1m), Joe Garner, Martyn Waghorn (Rangers, combined £1m), Dominic Iorfa (Wolves, loan), Bersant Celina (Man City, loan) and Tom Adeyemi (Cardiff, free) over the summer, with Christophe Berra, Tom Lawrence and Jonathan Douglas among the 14 departing. Huws is the first seven-figure transfer fee spent in five years, while the Welsh international was also handed a four-year deal.

“We have invested in the squad in the summer,” said Evans, who confirmed he will fund a deal for a centre-back before Thursday’s 11pm deadline.

“Not just in terms of transfer outlay but the overall package for our signings.

“The disparity between the clubs with the benefit of parachute payments and those of us who haven’t seems to be growing though. Financial Fair Play was brought in to level an increasingly uneven playing field, but is simply hasn’t worked. It’s been ridiculous, to be honest.

“It’s not easy, but we do have a strategy that I feel if stuck to over the long term will enable us to compete, if not financially, then on a football level with those clubs on parachute payments.”