Watch: Ipswich Town owner Marcus Evans’ first video interview
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Ipswich Town owner Marcus Evans has given his first-ever interview on camera - and revealed that he plans to appoint a new Blues boss ‘towards the end of May or early in June,’ plus admitted that raising season ticket prices last year was a mistake.
Evans, who has only given one interview to the independent print media since taking over at Town more than ten years ago, sat down for a wide-ranging video chat filmed by the club before the Blues’ 4-0 home defeat to Aston Villa on Saturday.
He starts by praising former boss Mick McCarthy, before acknowledging that his time at the club had run its course.
Asked about a new boss, multi-millionaire Evans says he wants a manager who combines ‘old and new’ and that entertainment will very much be part of his thinking.
“We want something where the team is capable of playing football in an attractive way,” he said. He also reveals that managerial changes at other clubs at the end of the current season could see new candidates enter his thinking.
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Quizzed about funds for the new boss, Evans says that he won’t be suddenly handing the manager a huge cash boost to play with.
“I’ll continue to give the manager all the support I can within the sort of budgets that I’ve made available over the last few years,” he explained.
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He goes onto to praise the strength of the current squad, once players return from injuries, and says he expects the club to be ‘in the mix’ for promotion next year.
Evans also admits that he was wrong to raise season ticket prices last year – a decision which was met with anger from fans and a significant drop in season ticket sales.
“Raising season ticket prices last year was clearly a mistake,” he says. “I shouldn’t have done that.”
He acknowledges also that simply dropping them for next season won’t be enough to see fans flood back either. “We need to win football matches and we need to provide entertainment,” he admits.
Asked if he would consider selling the club, Evans says that he has ‘no desire to sell’ but would consider it if he felt it was in the best interests of the club, explaining ‘it would be wrong for me to stand in their way.’
Evans adds is he determined to see a happier Portman Road as Town enter a new era.
“This club is nothing without the fans,” Evans explains.
- MORE: Paul Cook is new favourite for Town job“The fans make Ipswich Town what it is and it’s my responsibility - and everyone else at the club - to make sure Ipswich Town is at the heart of the community.
“The disenchantment that has built up over the last two seasons, which is built on years of frustration is something I am really determined to turn around.
“It’s going to be a new era with a new manager. We are going to try something different. It’s going to be calculated but it’s going to be different.
- MORE: Meet the international boss who’d aim to lead Town into Premier League in two years“Let’s hope it works. Let’s hope it bring a greater togetherness for the fans.
“I know from all the players that when the fans are onside and we are all pulling in the same direction, that can be the difference to us getting where we want to be.”